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WeblogToolsCollection Redesign

LaughingLizard needed a new web page design and created a contest on 99designs.

A winner was selected from 70 designs submitted by 18 freelance designers.

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How LaughingLizard started their web page design journey

Summary

How do you visualize http://weblogtoolscollection.com and how can you help us transform the blog?
We are looking for carefully placed advertising that does not follow the format of other blogs in the industry(along the side in a
straight line is bad), better format of display on the front page, better organization and better placement of features,
subtle style features that make things pop, better commenting/threading of comments (2.7) and better clickthroughs with summaries of posts on the front page. PLEASE READ THE BRIEF CLOSELY. AS DISCUSSED IN THE COMMENTS, QUARTER OF PAYMENT AT PSD DELIVERY AND THE REST AT XHTML/CSS DELIVERY. ALSO YOU CAN BREAK UP THE XHTML/CSS WITH CLASSES AND IDS AS YOU PLEASE TO MAKE THE THEME WORK.

What inspires you and how do you envision the design for your business?

me

Please use the fire logo and match the colors with the fire logoand favicon. This is a news magazine and not a personal blog. So pleasetreat it as such. We reserve the right to discard designs and notchoose any if we do not like the designs presented. Prize will beawarded after all the deliverables (see below) are received. Please askquestions without assuming anything.

How do you visualize http://weblogtoolscollection.com and how can you help us transform the blog?
Weare looking for carefully placed advertising that does not follow theformat of other blogs in the industry(along the side in a
straight line is bad), better format of display on the front page, better organization and better placement of features,
subtlestyle features that make things pop, better commenting/threading ofcomments (2.7) and better clickthroughs with summaries of posts.
In general we want to increase subscribers and clickthroughs and make weblogtoolscollection.com better that it is.
We want to look more professional and be innovative and attractive at the same time.

Here are some designs that have recently caught my eye, though some are not very minimalist:
http://css-tricks.com/
http://acquia.com/
http://www.gapersblock.com/ (Personal favorite)
http://www.newyorker.com/
http://www.uxmag.com/
http://www.webdesignerwall.com/
and of course http://en.blog.wordpress.com/
What features of wordpress are planning on using and currently using?
While that is a very good question, it is not relevant to this design exercise. Any custom WordPress work will be taken care of by us. We can program around anything you design. Just make sure your design works around the default WordPress CSS classes and IDs and just mock up the other features in HTML.

What ad sizes are you running?
125x125 and 468*60. Other ad sizes welcome as long as they flow with the content.
Are you looking for a layout with content left and right while having your ads in the middle around a custom design?
I am truly not sure what would work the best but that format is definitely appealing.
We could program around anything you design. Get the HTML into shape, mock up new items in HTML and we will work out the rest. Please use the WordPress CSS classes and IDs.

Wants

- HTML, graphics and CSS compatible with WordPress 2.7. Please use the original WordPress classes and IDs.
- Index page (front page) with *summaries* and various other pieces.Help us find efficiencies and important information for the front page. Please look at existing site for content ideas and existing modules.
- Comment threading.
- Organized better, with better ad spaces.
- "Modules" with bits of news and information and a space for announcements via a WordPress page.
- Form styling and list styling
- Design details are important. Subtle styling nuances are nice and will make the difference.
- Think modern, efficient, minimalist, colorful.
- This SEO, clickthroughs and ads. Think usability and user-friendly. No "in your face" ad placement please.
- Single post will also double as a WordPress page.
- Less information on single post page than front page
- Archives page could be like the single post pages.
- NO PHP CODE REQUIRED. JUST HTML, CSS AND IMAGES CODED WITH THE WORDPRESS CSS CLASSES AND IDS

Don't want

- Photoshop PSD document ONLY. We will not award the prize to a design that is not HTML and CSS for WordPress 2.7. An image of a design is fine in the submission stage but not acceptable as a deliverable.
- Unfinished, uncoded, broken or buggy HTML/CSS

Custom package

US$1,039

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