Our logo and branding work is complete. (Done on 99d!)
We now need an awesome website, and we're back. We have content drafted already, and we have a strong sense of what we want.
To maximize the success of the project, we drafted content into SAMPLE pages that were heavily inspired by some of our favorite site designs on the web. You can find it here: http://www.merit.me. This site is currently private and only to help guide the design process.
The content (text) on this site is at about 90% of what we plan to have when we do a full launch of the site, so you are safe to use it directly in your designs.
The homepage is an original design. Generally, we like it. It captures a sense of professionalism and simplicity.
We do, however, feel like it needs to have a little more 'wow-factor.' I know designers probably hate such vagaries, so let's be more specific. We like the notion of movement that you see on sites like ripple.com. Further, while we want the site to be more accessible, we want it still technology-focused and futuristic.
So, in short, we want the site to "hit the user with more force" when they first see it. It must really jump out at the user and capture a sense of inspiration and trust.
This contest is focused on 5-pages:
* Home Page
* Why Merit
* Getting Started
* Get Involved
* About Us **
Please note that there is no about us page on the current merit.me sample site. This is the page we want you to pay the most attention to. Please create something that is inspired by and consistent with the themes that we like most.
PLEASE DO NOT FEEL CONSTRAINED by the current sample site. We created it only to show you the styles we like. We also wanted to see how our drafted content would look inside a real page.
Some of our favorite sites, that heavily influence what we are looking for: