Website Design competition
You are probably familiar with Tyndale's webpages. Informative but
At least, that's what I'm told. I'm not good at this visual stuff. So I need your help.
If you produce an inspired design, you could be on every page ("page design by....).
It might be the start of a new career!
Simply copy the page at http://www.tyndalehouse.co.uk/library.htm and redesign it.
So get out your Photoshop or whatever program makes you feel the most
or even Word or Publisher if you wish, and send me a mock up of the web page.
You don't need to produce any code or stylesheets or working menus. I'll do that.
Your contribution is the design - the colors, layout, font, graphics, menu position etc
Please include colours for Hover over and Visited links (if these are different).
Send your entry to me, attached to a reply email. Closing date: May
The best will go on show and the winner will be famous.
I will be one of the judges, so let me tell you what I like and don't like:
I like usability
e.g. having a full menu always available so you can go anywhere from anywhere
(many websites send you to the home page or obscure part of the page to find the full menu)
I like clarity
e.g. using a plain background which doesn't interfere with reading the text, and using fonts which can be rescaled by the user (using the menu View: Text size)
(many sites use CSS with fixed font sizes so you have to zoom the whole page)
I like easily updated pages
Personally, I hand-craft html, php & MySQL, but most people prefer WYSIWYG.
Unfortunately CMS (Content Management Systems) are often too limiting, so if you propose one, make sure it is very flexible - ie you can add code easily and put anything anywhere. GooglePages are a good compromise, so I integrate these into the site for pages which other people need to update - e.g. staff pages. See mine at http://www.tyndaleHouse.com/Staff/Instone-Brewer/
So the design has to allow for this kind of integration of pages within a frame.
Actually, most of this doesn't apply to your design. I'm just getting it off
So let your imagination go! And show me what you've come up with.
Don't worry about the technical side of things. If it looks good, we can probably find a way to make it work. Attach it to an email to me.
|First, this is the page as it exists.
A fairly typical page on the site,
including the ever-present menu,
a single picture (occasionally more),
and a resizable sans font on white.
1) This proposal has a background picture,
2) This is a page from a site which was
|3) This has a pleasing graduated background
with a clear menu which ocupies about 1/3
of the width, plus a thin menu at the top.
The colours of menu, background and fonts
are well integrated. There appears to be a
deliberate absence of pictures. The font is
large and clear on a pale background.
4) This proposal is for WordPress as a system,
5) This is a design for the Home page, which can
6) This has a professional finsh to it - pleasing curves,
The blue colour scheme works well with the manadatory
All the proposals are for fixed width pages, with wide menus. This is good for maintaining a style because resizing the window cannot change the layout. However, this means the page has to be 800 pixels wide or less (so that smaller screens are catered for), which leaves little width for content, once the menu has been added. The menus are all fairly large.
One person commended WordPress and the other designs may also have had a content management system in mind, because this would explain the fixed page widths. I am yet to be persuaded that the slight gain in speed for writing pages offsets the extra time needed to find ways found the restrictions.
The colour schemes are generally well thought out, with good integration of the font colours with the rest of the page.
I particularly like numbers 5 & 6 for their style, and especially the intelligent use of the side bar in no.6.
Do you have any thoughts? Tell me what you like
There is no doubt that the last entry was the best. A slight modification to the colour scheme produced something which integrated the corporate colours better.
Congratulations David Niblack!
See more of his work at http://www.davidniblack.com/ - he has some beautiful designs for pages and powerpoints.