Qanda Forums is a Questions & Answers application for businesses and communities. You can see an example of the current app we want to redesign at http://dev.qandaforums.com
We're looking for a design that is simple, clean, and stylish. Our product must help our customers' users' find the best information, so everything about the design should serve to communicate information to the users.
While we want to pack a lot of helpful information into the design, we also want to minimize cluttering the interface. We like the idea of using hover/focus to reveal more information that's contextually relevant to the user (see http://g0.gs/hover)
We like "Grouped Links Under Horizontal Navigation" example from http://g0.gs/hnav to reduce the number of clicks to navigate.
Register on our dev site http://dev.qandaforums.com/ if you want to try the app. Do anything you want on this site you can't break anything and all the data is fake.
Learn more about us at http://qandaforums.com/
Here are some of our competitors sites, which we're trying to beat :)
Our users could be anyone, from complete novices to extremely technical users. We want a design that communicates that the app is EASY!
Our customers will create Q&A sites that target specific niches. Each customer will have their own domain, and the option to use their own logo/branding.
Example customer: http://ask.automatemysmallbusiness.com/
Users of our customers' sites can ask questions, answer questions, and browse/search for answers. All users have the ability to vote on questions and answers which helps us determine the quality of the question, as well as attribute "reputation" points to users who provide good answers and ask good questions. These votes are core to the system and allow us to provide lists of the "best" questions and most valuable users.
Users can earn reputation points by acquiring votes and "badges" for performing specific actions. When we display a user's information, we want to show the following information about the user:
* Profile Picture
* Reputation Points
* Badges (counts of 3 types of badges: Advanced, Intermediate, and Beginner - represented by a black diamond, blue square, and green circle) [perhaps on hover only]
We have 4 sections on our page design. Header, Sidebar, Footer, and Content area. The header and footer are the same on all pages, and the sidebar may change depending on the context of the page.
We want to see designs of 3 different pages:
Ask a Question (register to see)
We like the current design of this page http://g0.gs/ans
The header must provide navigation to all areas of the site (questions, topics, and users). The header or upper sidebar must have a search box. We'd like to change our current header so that more navigation options are visible without having to tab between areas. The header needs to accommodate a variety logos since each customer will use their own logo. Ask button should follow http://g0.gs/callbtn
Move information about the current user from the upper header to the sidebar. Keep the ad space. Rest of sidebar can have list of recent posts, top users for the day, trending topics, etc.
We like BIG footers like these examples http://g0.gs/footers. It should repeat the nav from the header. May have some lists like the sidebar. A sub-footer may be used to show information in current footer.
Deliverable is PSD files (well organized and easy for us to slice).