Our Web Application is a reporting portal for an internal department. The design we currently have lacks a certain profession and "updated" feel.
For a sample, see this image:
Here's what the current site does:
Tabs - The tabs are the manner in which the user selects the report that needs to be ran. Each of those tabs is a separate report. For the most part, each page looks similar and will only vary by the amount and type of information needed to run the report.
Summary/Details Level - As the user checks items in this area, they are added to the list box titled 'Sort/Group Order.' The Up/Down arrows to the right of the box allow the user to move items up and down. This section is found on every single report.
Advanced Criteria - Look at the bottom of the screen shot and you'll notice a blue bar that says 'Advanced Criteria.' Clicking on the expand arrow (on the right) opens up the panel and gives you this - http://www.rpmsolutions.biz/images/…d_crit.png
This page simply allows the user to enter addition information.
All the other panels on the page work in the standard way and should be pretty straight forward.
You are open to change the functionality if you have a better idea of how it can be presented - for example, if you have another way besides an expanding panel for the advanced criteria, feel free to present it.