We want a redesign of the homepage/main menu of our program. We are looking for something creative, playful, fun, yet with a professional feel to it. Feel free to use your creativity with this project as we have no real requirements when it comes to the design.
The "home page" needs to have 13 different menu selections (whether they are buttons, clouds, bubbles or what have you - it doesn't matter). The selections are divided intro three groups, which need to be emphasized/prioritized based on the group's number. Group 1 only includes one menu selection, which is the main feature of the application and needs to be emphasized heavily. Group 2 includes 11 selections, whereas Group 3 only includes one selection.
Group 1 (main feature of program, emphasize heavily):
"The Triple Studio"
Group 2 (the items in Group 2 don't need to be in any particular order):
Group 3 (no emphasis, can be placed away from the other groups since it's only the "about the program" item and not a critical feature):
REQUIREMENTS: The design needs to be optimized for a 1280x1024 screen resolution. Please keep in mind that this is a fullscreen application and we will fill the screen with the background color of your design for users with resolutions higher than 1280x1024. This means that any background effects need to take place within 1280x1024 and it cannot look odd when the background color continues to fill the rest of the screen beyond that. Adjust your designs to that.
The "buttons" (or whatever you intend as the 13 clickable areas) need to have an animation of some kind when the user drags the mouse cursor over it. To allow our developer to make this happen, we need one image with ALL buttons (or clickable areas) animated (so if you have 13 white buttons and want them to be green when animated, you need to deliver one file with all white buttons and one file with all green buttons), as well as the original image. All we are looking for is to make it so the user recognizes what is clickable and what's not.
Please deliver the design in PSD/ILLUSTRATOR format so that the text is editable for potential international versions. No need to worry about this too much, just please allow for us to edit the text on the 13 menu selections.
COLORS: We like blue, gray, and green. But please don't let that hold you back. Be creative.
SUGGESTIONS: Clouds, bubbles, skies, grass, and nature themes in general seems to work well. Again, don't let us hold you back.
http://cl.ly/1N1d1T1b24162Y3t1U3Z - Here you can see how The Triple Studio is emphasized over the rest. Disregard the one red cloud and the one empty cloud. If you would like to use pictures like the ones in this design let us know, we have a picture gallery of 500+ custom made pictures.
http://cl.ly/02203L1U2Q2R2U363B0h - This is a new logo we are intending to use. However, it is subject to change.
http://cl.ly/3D2z3g2U1g0u0v1H090z - We like the background effects in the sky.
http://carbonmade.com - Fun and playful, yet stylish. Maybe a bit too messy for us (no need for pink horses :-)
http://carbonmade.com/why - Very slick. The wooden signs at the bottom of the page would be great inspiration for how to place the Group 3 menu item ("about").
http://carbonmade.com/signup - Colorful and fun.
There may be more work to come for the winning designer. Have fun with this project and let the creativity flow!