mdeniston got their new web page design by running a design contest:
Freshen up the design and navigation for the world's largest environmental program
Check out mdeniston's Web page design contest…
Cbfish.org is an interactive website that provides the public an unprecedented view into Bonneville Power Administration’s implementation of the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program, which stretches across a four-state region and is the largest program of its kind in the world. This program consists of measures for the purpose of protecting, mitigating, and enhancing fish and wildlife, including related spawning grounds and habitat, on the Columbia River and its tributaries. Cbfish.org is also a web application that enables BPA and its regional partners to manage the program's activities and accomplishments, and to define, evaluate, fund, and review portfolios of proposed, active, and completed projects. Our target audience: general public (electricity rate payers of the Pacific Northwest in the US), program partners and contractors implementing the work of the program (e.g. state-level resource managers, native American tribes, other federal agencies, non-profits, universities, etc.). For more, see: http://www.cbfish.org/Help.mvc/About
Clean, simple, not too flashy. This site must provide information to viewers, AND provide views and editors for authenticated users to enter/update information about projects. We are open to exploring different color palettes, but will likely be drawn to earth/natural tones that still provide sufficient contrast and sharpness. The current site's visual style has served us well, but needs updating. Need to use standard fonts due to some users needing to access cbfish.org from behind federal IT firewalls that prevent non-standard content such as font files (we've ran into problems with custom font files). Typography should also be open (avoid serif fonts). Content pages (e.g. pages other than home page) need to provide maximum real estate for content since many pages within the site are content-heavy; e.g. http://www.cbfish.org/Project.mvc/Display/2003-022-00 Must design for min screen width of 1280 px. Keep it open and inviting, and thus avoid dark, overly-styled, overly-clever designs.
1. Homepage - Should be engaging, likely with high-quality photo (with ability to browse other photos, which the current site supports), but also with other content (e.g. news items, charts summarizing program accomplishments, perhaps a thumbnail image of a map. Design for this includes coming up with a new navigation pattern - see page 2 of attached "Cbfish-Navigation-Redesign.pdf" document for one idea for this - and a new site logo). 2. Area Landing Page - Provides orientation to an area of the Fish & Wildlife program, and often includes a data grid listing entities within that area. Note the breadcrumb navigation. Needs to reflect visual treatment of home page, but maximizing space for dynamic content is very important. Examples: http://www.cbfish.org/Portfolio.mvc/Index and http://www.cbfish.org/Proposal.mvc/AllProposals (both these pages don't auto-scale their height such that footer is at bottom of browser viewport, but they should) 3. Content Page - needs to reflect visual treatment of home page, but maximizing space for dynamic content is very important. Needs to provide access to site navigation and have some branding/visual design that is consistent with home page, but with smaller visual footprint. Example of such an "internal" page: http://www.cbfish.org/Project.mvc/Display/2003-022-00 The site content will be very dynamic and data-driven, so that needs to be kept in mind as you create the visual design and layout. We expect image assets and a "spec" that calls out the visual design elements, layout details, typography, etc. (pseudo CSS).
What to avoid
Navigation menu must be different than what we currently have (which has too many options and doesn't scale). See mockup of "mega menu" in attached "Cbfish-Navigation-Redesign.pdf" document.
Please look at the attached PDF. Page 1 has the current and future site map (one reason we want to update the visual design is that we will be adding quite a bit more content to cbfish.org and need a navigation structure that scales better). Page 2 has some mockups of a new site/app header with our leading candidate for a new navigation pattern/paradigm. Page 3 has the new site/app header in the context of a subpage (this page should have breadcrumb navigation as well, but that is not shown).
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Web page design starts at $599.
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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.
mdeniston collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
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And then… they selected a winner!
Along the way, they met lots of talented designers…
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