Sarah Lewis got their new web page design by running a design contest:
Fun, bold design for woman-focused online magazine/portal
Check out Sarah Lewis's Web page design contest…
I'm creating a dynamic online magazine/community/portal site targeted at married women between 20-40 years old. Looking for a design that can handle a lot of information in a clear and fun way. I'm an experienced contest holder--I give useful feedback and don't abandon contests!
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Tagline: hasn't been determined yet; just put something generic Desired Color Scheme: bold colors preferred; keep in mind the female audience, though Desired Style: fun but stylish, clean, modern Accepted File Formats: Layered Formats (.psd or .tiff); Fireworks layered PNG preferred This membership-based site will mostly be made up of articles, with extras like polls and contests. I'm looking for a magazine feel, with good photography accompanying the articles, and articles submitted by members as well as staff. Target audience Married women between 20-40 years old who are looking for advice, validation, and ways to connect with other women. They approach life from a Christian worldview but are not boring or mousey; they're smart, time-crunched, and looking for meaning. DivineCaroline is probably the closest to the site I'm creating. They are a general women's site, where mine will be specifically for married women with more focus on how to grow relationships and tackle the ho-hum issues of life. General guidelines - the central focus will be 1-3 featured articles (open to your judgement on how many) with photos - additional content will include headlines with short excerpts from posts (and possibly small photos), a featured member, a poll, and an "about" blurb - search and "log in" features should be prominent - there should be room for ads, particularly the square and skyscraper ads - categories (for navigation and for content sections, if you choose to show them) are Love & Sex, God, Friends, Family, Home, Work, Play, Health - as a membership site, it would be helpful to show where "Your Profile", etc., might goÂ Examples of sites I like DivineCaroline What I like: - feminine feel without being too cute (they have a similar target audience) - several ad positions and creative sponsorships (like the poll) - "about" section placed prominently - lots of information bt it's clear what you're looking at - cleanWhat I dislike: - colors seem a little blah - awful lot of serif fonts - top ad placement seems too overtOutside Magazine What I like: - bold colors - space for advertising - lots of information but still easy to find things - clear headings on different sections - excerpts along with headlinesWhat I dislike: - the ripped-paper edges (works for them but seems more masculine somehow than what I'm after)iVillage subsite What I like: - definitely feels feminine (though I prefer bold colors to pastel) - search is right at the top and easy to find - "log in" is also easy to find - creative headings and colors for sectionsWhat I dislike: - top ad placement seems awkwardgURL What I like: - fun, funky colors and layout - prominent poll - top menu is a good overview of the options - "log in" is easy to find - headline font fits well with designWhat I dislike: - limited ad space on front page - probably a little too trendy for my audienceBest Life Magazine What I like: - strong, bold lines - clear headings - very visible search - clear, concise navigation - simple colors and lines that complement the photos and keep the overall look from being overwhelming - strong, useful footerWhat I dislike: - masculine colors (I know, it's a men's site!) Â Inc. What I like: - lots of ad space - the division between a "main" post and other featured blogsWhat I dislike: - corporate feel in colors, fonts, and layout (it works for them, not for me) - long side navigationÂ Feedback policy: I feel that all entries deserve some feedback, so I promptly rate every entry. However, because I usually receive many entries and only have an hour or so per day to review them, I am only able to provide detailed feedback to entries that are fairly close to what I'm looking for (usually those rated 3 stars or higher). If your entry is given 1 or 2 stars, it's not personal; it just means it's not a good fit for this project. If you wish to continue submitting entries for this contest, you're welcome to do so, and my best advice is to re-read this brief, look at my example sites, and look at the entries that have received higher ratings. Try to identify what makes them a good fit, and emulate those concepts (but don't copy someone else's entry!).
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It all began with a design brief.
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