What inspires you and how do you envision the design for your business?
I am creating an e-commerce store that will sell hair care, skin care and beauty related electrical products (straighteners, hair dryers, etc) to women of colour (primarily afro-Caribbean) within the UK.
The winner of this contest will receive $500 for the delivery of a main page and product page non-coded design, and I will also choose a runner up who will receive $50.
I have had a logo created already and it can be found here http://www.hairandbeautydirect.com/logo/ in a number of different formats.
The colour used for the logo is #990033
I have used my amazing paint skills to create a basic layout for these designs. The main page one is here http://www.hairandbeautydirect.com/…esign1.jpg and the product page one is here http://www.hairandbeautydirect.com/…esign1.jpg. I would like them both to have the same general layout but on the product page buttons and a space for product info & pics will be needed.
The files above are just guidelines, you can be pretty flexible with the layout as long as it includes all of the sections and pics used in my files.
Looking at my main page template file - there are three main product categories I would like to link to with images (the "Hair care", "Skin Care" and "Electrical Products") and I have purchased a multitude of images from istockphoto to use in these images, they are available here http://www.hairandbeautydirect.com/stockpics/.
And where I have "Rotating Guides Image Goes Here", it can just be filled in with a placeholder image at the moment as it will be replaced with one of these rotating ajax image slideshows that links to articles (more info here http://www.frontpageslideshow.net/).
With regards to colours used, I would like the same Hex colour used in the logo (#990033) and white to be the primary colours. Plain black text for main copy to allow easy readability though please.
Apart from that, the rest is up to the designer! Please remember though that this is focused at females so I need the design to have a glossy "beauty magazine" type feel to it.
If you have any questions please ask and I will be giving as much feedback as possible throughout this contest in order to allow you to create the best design you can.