What do you have in mind for the style and theme of the web page?
Very professional, shows a human face (we are an organization of about 40 people with diverse backgrounds and broad geographical reach), is very elegant and easy to navigate, unique, modern, looking for creativity from designers regarding colors, shapes and textures. We have to appeal to large companies and demonstrate that we are professional and have a long history of success.
Well, our website has more than 5 pages, but for the most part the design is consistent throughout the site. So, I am not quite sure how to answer this. I certainly want the Home page, and various interior screens. I suppose once I choose a designer I can work with him/her to better understand what we will need.
What to avoid
Nothing comes to mind right now.
The site is built on joomla. I am told that this does not impact the design, but I want that to be understood in case the designer has any insights on any potential limitations. Also, I am looking for a nice blend of professional image and creativity for our new site. I know that is difficult to describe in words, but I will know it when I see it.