Hedgemage got their new web page design by running a design contest:
Site design for internet-focused nonprofit.
Check out Hedgemage's Web page design contest…
We're a nonprofit that improves and supports internet infrastructure through grants, fellowships, and bounties for developing real code (and sometimes hardware), not writing papers or making specifications. Our website needs to have broad appeal. We have two core audiences: the people who fund us (anyone who uses the internet is a potential donor, though our early big donor prospects seem centered around the tech industry), and the people who build things, apply for grants and fellowships, etc. The second group will probably be about 2/3 old-school UNIX hackers and about 1/3 new-generation hackers.
We're all about simplicity here. The design we choose will be something straightforward that is easy to turn into clean, minimalist mark-up. (We're software engineers, what did you expect?) Graphics (apart from minor things like a texture here and there) should convey information of some kind or not be present. Iconography, when used well, does count as "conveys information". Our site will be *extremely* text-heavy, so good typography is essential. Please use fonts that are under some reasonable license for use with @font-face and either free or cheap-and-royalty-free. If your design uses iconography, elements from an icon font that meets the font criteria above are preferable to images we'll have to hire a designer to match whenever we add an icon. Our current design uses pull-quotes to break it up without needing a bunch of useless stock imagery, and I'd like to keep doing that on our more text-heavy pages. As I talk to my team about content, I have a growing concern about the number of menu items we may end up with, and how that will look. I'd like to be able to accommodate 6-8 items in the main menu, and have a place to set up a secondary (context-sensitive) menu should the need arise in some sections of the site without ruining the look or overwhelming the user with links. We don't want to look like a tech startup. The problems we seek to fix are not sexy, they're part of the nitty-gritty inner workings that most people take for granted, but without which the internet would break down. We want a look that is easy to to read, and that communicates what we're about. Don't be afraid to use some color, but don't go wild. Our logo (attached) is currently blue, but while we <3 the logo, we are open to changing the color to fit the web site. We'll probably go with a dark-on-light theme because they are generally more readable, but if you have an idea for a good-looking, easy-on-the-eyes light-on-dark theme please submit it! Bonus points for a subtle-enough-to-still-be-professional nod to retro computing, the early days of the internet, or hacker lore (google "jargon file" if you're not sure what I refer to).
Front page: Right now it's mainly an explanation of the org's mission, though eventually that will be relegated to an 'about' page. I want our new front page to use a brief mission statement with at most a paragraph of explanation so we have room to show off projects in progress, grant RFPs, and upcoming events. Blog: A blog. This will also fairly text-centric with few images, so please keep that in mind when you design.
What to avoid
Avoid anything cartoony or gimmicky. We're asking donors for a lot of money, I'd like to give the impression that we'll use it like responsible adults.
The username for the existing site is "99designs" with pw "makeitawesome".
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Web page design starts at $799.
Full copyright with production-ready files for digital and/or print.
It all began with a design brief.
A quick, interactive guide helped them understand their design style and captured exactly what they needed in their web page design.
Designers across the globe delivered design magic.
Hedgemage collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
When design entries come in, you can rate them so designers know what you’re looking for in your logo design.
99designs has great collaboration tools so you can pinpoint and capture your ideas
And then… they selected a winner!
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
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