communitygis got their new web page design by running a design contest:
New website design wanted to showcase interactive mapping application
Check out communitygis's Web page design contest…
The primary goal of the website and its core interactive mapping tool (inserted by iframe) is to help local communities and planners in the state of Maine (USA) to make more informed land use planning decisions related to development, land conservation, forestry, and agriculture. The design challenge for the site is to convey complex land use data developed in an academic setting (using GIS) to a target audience with moderate to low levels of knowledge and comfort accessing information via web-based maps.
http://websites.greeninfo.org/ccgis/mainefuture/ [Development site]; Final URL: www.mainelandusefutures.org
Overall we are interested in a design for the website that reflects the dominant rural character and landscape of Maine; we’re drawn to softer greens and blues. (The colors in the attached Illustrator file, by contrast, are too urban-feeling and vibrant for the project team.) Whatever colors are chosen need to complement the color ramps and tone of the data that appears in the mapping application and the four key land use activities being portrayed ( forestry, agriculture, conservation, development). We do not want the website to seem “techy,” but it should feel modern, fresh, elegant, smart, and innovative. We don’t want the design to feel cluttered, complex, bureaucratic, hard-edged, or cartoonish. For the home page, we are interested in a scrolling banner of images that helps viewers understand what the site can do. The four questions that are posed on the Home Page specifications could be integrated in the design similar to the Data Basin website shared below. Please use screen captures from the demo mapping application to help convey what one can do with the tool; we understand that the map interface design will be updated as part of this design bid and will adjust those later on.
(1) Home Page The home page needs to quickly explain to new users what the site has to offer (E.g., What is the Maine Futures Community Mapper? What can I do with this tool? Who else is using this resource? How do I get started?). First time and repeat viewers need to be able to immediately recognize where to click to launch/view to the interactive mapping application. Possible taglines to integrate into the design include: (1) “Exploring Maine's future under alternative land use scenarios” and, (2) “A planning tool for communities, businesses, and citizens.” The menu structure that needs to be present on the home page (and all subsequent pages) includes the following in this order: Home, About Project, Study Areas, Process, Scenarios, Contact. A button to “Start Exploring” should also be present that links to the MFCM page with application. The home page must also feature the logos at the bottom for all project partners. Those logos are provided and should appear in this order: (1) SSI (SSI.jpg), (2) UMaine (crestlogo.gif), and (3) CRSF (Sustain-logo.gif). (2) Content/Background Pages These pages will contain contextual and background information about the project, partners, study areas, research methods and data models as well as contact information. The pages will contain >50% text with embedded photos/images. An effective strategy for linking to additional resources (e.g., PDFs for presentations, reports, articles) relating to the core content needs to be proposed. We need to provide viewers with essential high level information with the capacity/flexibility to offer links to more technical, detailed, or lengthy resources. User feedback is especially important to the project team, and it needs to be clear on all pages how to link to the contacts page. (3) Maine Futures Community Mapper This page is where users will spend most of their time and is the “heart” of the entire website and project. The mapping application will be embedded on this page via iframe. Visit the link provided above to view the development site. This mapping application has been developed by a partner organization, which will make adjustments to harmonize its appearance with the full website design. The attached Illustrator file and JPEG has notes about elements (buttons, background colors, pop-up menus) that we are looking for participating designers to suggest styles for (MFCM_Explorer_Illustrator_Concept.ai). The proposed website design will impact the look of the mapping application and vice versa.
What to avoid
The website will be coded for Word Press using a responsive design template. Please avoid design decisions that would not perform well with this style. Links to social media sites are not needed. The primary means of communicating with the project coordinators will be through the Contact page/form. No contact information (telephone, website, email) needs to be displayed as part of the master template. Also note that aerial images can be displayed on the interactive map by clicking on the camera icon (right side). We do not have a strong opinion about the use of these images in the interface design but wanted to draw your attention to those photographs as potential resources.
Even though they are not members of the primary audience, the site still needs to stand up to scrutiny by academics and professionals. We look forward to working with you on this project.
US$899 Bronze package
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. Web page design starts at $849.
Full copyright with production-ready files for digital and/or print.
It all began with a design brief.
A quick, interactive guide helped them understand their design style and captured exactly what they needed in their web page design.
Designers across the globe delivered design magic.
communitygis collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
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