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New Website Design For Pirate Treasure Hunting Company

Richard Bowen needed a new web page design and created a contest on 99designs.

A winner was selected from 23 designs submitted by 9 freelance designers.

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How Richard Bowen started their web page design journey

Overview

I am a geophysicist who explores for pirate treasure in my spare time. I am interested in attracting venture capitalists who are looking to invest in various treasure hunting projects that I am involved with. I would like to base the design of the site on the 18th century French pirate, La Buse who spent time hiding in the Seychelles. I want the site to look professional but embody the spirit of adventure.

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

My target audience is investors who are keen to invest in a treasure hunting company and TV companies who may be interested in making documentaries about some of the projects. The website must therefore look serious and professional - not cartoony in any way but also look like one big adventure - the spirit of Indiana Jones!
Examples of other treasure hunting company websites:
http://www.alldeepblue.com/ [Quite like this]
http://www.seai-inc.com/index.php
http://www.shipwreck.net/ [Too busy - would prefer much simpler design]

Requirements

I am quite keen on the 3 column SEO friendly holy grail approach with left hand column for navigation, centre for content and right hand column for adwords/adverts.
I suggest secondary navigation in the left hand column and primary navigation in the header or a horizontal bar.

I am open to new ideas on this though and could easily be won over by a different design. I just include that as a starting point.

1. Header area to include Seychelles scenery (images included to show the sort of scenery I want - granite boulders - the view that a pirate would have seen when he approached the islands) and the pirate La Buse (he looks evil with a hook nose). I am very keen to get stunning scenery juxtaposed with his wicked/roguish face. I guess his face could be a kind of logo for the site, with the domain name wrapped beneath? Just an idea.

2. Before La Buse was executed, he threw a cryptogram into the watching crowd. These letters and characters should be used to influence the design.

3. Primary navigation will probably be: Home - Pirates - Investors - About Us - Contact

4. Secondary Navigation will vary from Pirate to Pirate but assume around 10 items.

Please do not include clipart.

I require the following files:
Print file format - .ai (CMYK)
Web file format - .jpg and layered .psd (RGB)

I will then code the PSD for wordpress.

Width to accomodate a minimum screen resolution of 1024px, allowing for scroll bars and margins.

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US$314

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