Redesign an existing school website to give it a modern clean look.
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Redesign an existing school website to give it a modern clean look. The existing website can be found at http://mck.nsw.edu.au
We need the homepage redesigned completely but it should contain these basic elements which can be seen on the existing home page:
main content area
3 news boxes
image slideshow box
The header should incorporate the school logo and school name. You can find the logo here http://mck.nsw.edu.au/images/crest2.jpg (but the school name is now "marist college kogarah" instead of "marist kogarah high")
In the main content area the homepage will contain some general text, 3 news boxes, the news ticker and an image slideshow box. These features all exist in the current website but in the new one they will be more dynamic. The current image slideshow box is just a large static image but it will be a slideshow of images fading in and out with text labeling each image underneath. The news boxes will probably contain more information and possibly scroll through the info. Feel free to experiment with the design of these features.
I would also like a design of a sample inner page. The only design difference to the home page will probably be in the main content area which will be CMS generated content (mainly text and images). However if you think a slightly different template is needed for the inner page then feel free to do this. The basic colours, font and look and feel should remain the same as the home page.
COLOURS AND FONT
There are basically two options. Either use the colour scheme from the existing website (seen in the top banner) or use the colour scheme found in the school logo http://mck.nsw.edu.au/images/crest2.jpg The logo shows the school's traditional colours of red and white. Other colours can also be used but these colours should form the basic theme. I imagine it will be hard to make the red and white look good on their own. As for the font feel free to choose yourself but please don't use the same font as on the current website.
LOOK AND FEEL
The client has told me they like the look of http://www.spc.nsw.edu.au/about_spc/ which is another school website. They like the use of curves instead of the sharp angles on the existing mck website.
We want the website to be center aligned with a background colour, similar to http://www.spc.nsw.edu.au/about_spc/
I am open to either a fixed width or liquid layout (expands to browser width). If you do a design suitable for a fixed width website it should be designed for 1024x768 resolution so the width should be around 960 to 970 pixels. That gives enough breathing space for the browser borders and scrollbars.
LOGO AND IMAGES
You can find a higher quality school logo/crest here: