Make sure to check out my site: http://www.aaronkellylaw.com to get an idea of what I do. Overall, I'd like a site that integrates warm/neutral colors with a clean and modern feel. My logo is my brand, and is how I am identified in all mediums. I like the colors of my current site, but am open to others. That being said, I’m not wild about going dark. It should be a marriage of stunning visuals and effortless navigation – I don’t want people to have to “think” when they arrive at the site. In other words, please no “mystery-meat” navigation….you know, the kind where you have to poke around to figure out what things do.
The site should also allow for a lot of content, or at least the ability to navigate to content easily. I’m allergic to standard law firm website designs; I beg of you, please don’t make it look like one of “those.” Actually, if I see any freaking gavels or scales of justices or other trite symbols, I may just have to punch myself in the face. At the end of the day, I'm really a tech firm and startup company.
How many page do you need designed for your website?
Two pages: A kick-ass homepage and a flexible inner page. We will be converting the site into a Wordpress theme, so any ideas about modulizing are welcome.
Describe each page and what you want.
Below are some ideas for the primary navigation, but feel free to make suggestions or changes. I open to ideas.
Home, About, Practice Areas, Resources, Articles, Blog, Contact Us
Home Page Specifics
If you look at my current site the navigation is a mess. My bounce rate is high (72%) because people get on the site and don’t know where to go to find information or contact me. I utilize several ways to contact me (contact form, chat button, etc). So I want it to be easy to find information but done so in a visually appealing manner.
I also need more places to put information and text. For SEO purposes I want to have a lot of dyanamic content ,as well as one area that will be static. This can be broken down however you want, but I dont like how on my page right now the giant flash sequence takes up the page and doesn't offer any seo value.
Contact form Specifics
Contact form on the right side that is for people to immediately fill out if they want to contact me. Need to ask: Full Name, Email, Phone Number, Summary of Issue. Possibly either a checkbox, or a disclaimer that is hyperlinked to a disclaimer page.
Design Element Must Haves
• Top right search box, as well as something for clients to click on to login to their client portal.
• Easy to see signup for my newsletter
• iphone/android app download area
• A 4-5 slide jQuery slider with both images and text. The slider will have a mix of what our firm is about as well as recent articles.
• Maybe a tag cloud somewhere? If you think it fits.
BONUS POINTS: I’d love a great tagline incorporated on the site. Probably in the header. If you can think of one and design a great graphic to accent it…I’ll love you forever. (For Example: I love http://www.vancouverconventioncentre.com/ - and the tagline “It would be un-Canadian of us to brag, so we’ll let this video do it for us” is genius. I covet a smart-ass tagline like that.)
I like BIG TYPOGRAPHY. Not like “WE LIKE YELLING AT YOU’ but make a bold statement. Something witty. Can be throughout the page to introduce sections or on the jquery (which my coders are coding)
We’ll be converting to a Wordpress theme, using the latest platforms and languages including CSS3, HTML5 and Jquery.
My main practice areas are internet law, internet marketing law, advertising/marketing, mobile law, and business startups. You can get a good feel by going to my website.