Completed contest

US Based Local Search Site - Design Revamp

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

A winner was selected from 41 designs submitted by 15 freelance designers.

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How Russ Edwards started their web page design journey

Company name

Overview

LocalBuzz is the local expert, and a great online resource for finding information and insights on businesses and retailers. Every month we help many thousands of consumers find valuable local business information from driving directions and hours of operation to Web links and customer reviews.

We aim to be relevant & helpful for our users, enabling local businesses and consumers to find each other and connect.

We are a small, hard working team and we enjoy what we do and have fun doing it.

Tell us a bit about who you are and the people you reach

Our target market is mainly the US, but we would like a design which can work equally well in other English speaking jurisdictions (UK, Australia ).

In terms of user profile it is fairly broad as you would expect for local search - typically this means adult users, male or female from various demographics and age groups but we're keen to focus on the 20 - 40 age bracket

Requirements

The current site is due for a design revamp. Please use the existing design just as a reference point for functionality , nothing else. No pre-requisities in terms of company logo or colors, all elements of the design can be modified from the current version whilst maintaining the functionality as it is now (same functional elements such as search, maps etc. but their order / location on the page can be changed)
Feel free to be creative with the design, we want a fresh, new look in keeping with web 2.0 developments - simple to use, uncluttered, attractive, professional but at the same time modern (young & fresh)

Design needs to be pleasing on the eye (harmonic) , be intuitive and have a good balance between pictures & features

Technical Details:
-- Need all PSD as well as TTF font files delivered
-- Optimize images for load time
-- Template/Design has to be CMS agnostic (can be used with ANY content management systems)
-- Navigational elements should NOT be images
-- Adhere to Usability and Accessibility standards (text navigation, optimized images, cross-browser compatible, etc.)
-- Standard elements like Footer, Header, Side Navigation should be:
-- In text, styled with CSS
-- Arranged in an easy to navigate experience
-- We understand CSS code not provided

So we are looking for DESIGN ONLY - No HTML

Number of pages

3

Page descriptions

Generally we like the following sites

local.com
superpages.com
groupon.com (not really local search but its a clean, fresh & nice looking design)

http://local.yahoo.com - This looks OK but it is borderline a little too corporate / traditional perhaps ?

1. Homepage, including templates for About Us, How it Works and Contact Us

2. Search results page

for example:

http://www.superpages.com/yellowpag…/T-Austin/

http://local.yahoo.com/MA/Boston/Entertainment

http://www.local.com/business/resul…eles%2c+ca

3. Detailed Results Page

Eg.

http://www.local.com/details/beverl…15215.aspx

http://local.yahoo.com/info-1018499…cIF;_ylv=3

Existing website

Existing site is quite basic / spartan

Example websites

local.com - like the style & colors, quite clean
superpages.com - these guys are the market leaders

Custom package

US$1,600

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