Free web design?

Posted: 21 October 2011 in Uncategorized

With my upcoming training project making good progress, thought it was time to start making progress on promoting it a little bit more. I stumbled on http://headwebmaster.com/index.html quite by accident but really loved the idea. Being done by students, not all their designs are great but I have been surprised by a couple, so I decided to give it a chance.

Here is the form I submitted:

Hello,

I saw your offer for free web design and absolutely loved the way you are going about it.

I want to do an education website for software training on the Autonomy Interwoven TeamSite CMS. I have lots of experience as a web developer but I lack the “artistic creativity” required to present the information in a good looking manner. All my own designs always end-up very square and blocky.

I have are the following needs:

– a good looking homepage promoting the training services, with the ability to promote additional services later on, so it has to be flexible and grow with me in the design. although I want to launch it a s a training organisation first, the aim is to also find work later on as web development and support for large organisation in the US. Being in the UK, I want to offer the time zone difference as a unique selling point to this market. the homepage should be quite vibrant, but not overwhelming. As such, I envisage links to the next course coming, a featured course and some news (see below).
– listing of upcoming courses
– by topic
– by date, as a list
– by date as a calendar
– detail page of each training course containing dates, additional information, introduction video (not currently on the page, but is on my wish list). Later on, adding frequently asked questions about each course.
– a custom shopping cart
– a My account page, a secured zone to view recordings of training courses is in development. What I need is an alternative design to indicate a logged in zone. I understand this is a bit vague but the home of the logged in one should detail what courses they have bought and also links to manage their account.
on the social front, I want to display
– news, with an RSS feed and a twitter feed
– a contact us page, with contact details and links, forms, plus emphasis on connecting via social networks
– an About us page, detailing the previous company clients

I have already developed a site and used a free template but I would like someone to move it to HTML5/CSS3, which I believe would be a good exercise for your students, as well as have a bespoke design that fits my needs as opposed to me shoe-horning my content in someone else’s template.

I am quite happy to work with “Lorem ipsum” text for the samples you provide. I can also provide a static zip file of the content I already have so you know what type of content you can expect on the various pages.

The site itself is powered by XSL so it is important that all the pages’ HTML is 100% validating, otherwise I will not be able to produce the desired output.

The project will also be added to my existing blog and on-going progress will be reported on, so I also believe this is a good advertising opportunity to promote your school too. You will also be welcome to appear with guest entries on the blog to report your own success stories in the project.

I would like you to consider my application. Being with a site already and understanding all the technologies makes me an easy client to talk to. I understand that nothing is truly free, so I am more than happy to spend some time as needed with the student(s) too.

It has been really good for me to fill out this form. It has, if anything, helped me to re-focus my ideas, so for that, thank you already.

I look forward to hearing from you.

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