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Design For Language Exchange Site

Natalie Gordon needed a new web page design and created a contest on 99designs.

A winner was selected from 48 designs submitted by 10 freelance designers.

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One of the designers who made it happen

Winner - bearbrick
Fantastic designer! Bearbrick delivered the design we wanted and brought his own unique point of view and creativity to the table. + Creative initiative + Good taste + Takes time to understand client needs + Fast response & updates + Flexible & accomodating Highly recommended
- christy.lee

How Natalie Gordon started their web page design journey

Summary

We are launching a new website that will help connect Spanish-speaking English learners with English-speaking Spanish learners. The site helps users have more targeted conversations that are guided by topics and interests, thus helping users expand their speaking ability and get beyond small talk. The site connects users for conversations using an embedded voice/video app.

What inspires you and how do you envision the design for your business?

We are looking for a design for an sample page of a Spanish-Englishlanguage learning site. The page should be the homepage of a user who islogged in and is currently receiving a message from another user tochat (see What I Want section for more details)

We are looking for a very clean, Web 2.0 design that is easy to navigate, fun to use, and helps create anenjoyable user experience.  We have already chosen a logo so alldesigns should incorporate this logo into the site design.  The logocan be found at http://99designs.com/contests/21523…#entry-104

lenguajero.com is a website that pairs language learners and nativespeakers together for conversations.  Students find partners bychoosing topics they would like to talk about from a pre-defined listof interesting topics (eg. current event, youtube video, etc.).Students then prepare for the conversation which is held in bothlanguages. Additionally, users can add their own topics and requestlearning help from a native speaker.  Our goal is to enable users tomove beyond the small-talk that normally occurs on other languageexchange sites (see site list below).   We're currently only thinking of making the site available to Spanish and English learners.

This site is aimed at anyone who is either an English speaker learning Spanish, or a Spanish speaker learning English.  While anyone could be using our site we predict that the average user will between 18-35 years old, have a working knowledge of the language they are learning, and be motivated to practice speaking their second language.

The site design should invite users to have conversations (i.e. it should be easy to navigate, easy to find a language partner, and easy to initiate a conversation).

While I have listed some specific desires in the following "what I want" section, we are also open to a creative web 2.0 navigational approach and invite you to submit anything that you feel is an alternative approach to the standard navigational model (99designs.com is an excellent example of this approach)

List of Language Exchange Sites (Note: We are looking for our own style and do not want a copy of any of these sites.)

busuu.com, livemocha.com, sharedtalk.com, italki.com

Wants

Incorporate existing logo
http://99designs.com/contests/21523…#entry-104
Blend well with the integrated voice and chat app (http://www.tokbox.com)
Homepage should include:
- Top bar navigation for the following pages:- Home, Profile, Message Box, User Search, Groups
User Sign In/ Sign Out in top right hand corner
List of users which shows available users who haveselected a topic(s) and what those topic(s) are.  You should be able toinitiate a conversation from this list.  Should display user's:
- photo
- username
- age
- country
- learning language
- level.  
List of today's popular topics. (Each topic will have it's page that is linked to from the list.)
Usercan request a personal topic - this does not have to be included on thehomepage if you can suggest a better place for this section.
Pop-over window in bottom right corner containing the following information:
- John Doe is contacting you
- Wants to talk about
- Learning
- Level
- Country
- Age
- Photo

Don't want

A cluttered website.  Keep it simple.

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US$479

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