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LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT US:

We are a Tournament themed website for everything and anything that users would like to participate in online and where winners are chosen by online voting. For example, you can challenge your friends to an eating tournament, or enter your dog in a "Cutest Puppy" tournament, or enter yourself in a "Best Blue Steel face impersonation" tournament.

There are Four main stages to any Tournament on our website:

Create - create a new tournament!

Compete - compete in a created tournament!

Predict - predict the outcome of the tournament (like who will win each round of play)

Vote - cast your vote to determine the winners of the tournament

HERE IS WHAT WE NEED:

We need 4 medium sized, square dimension Icon Buttons that we will use on our homepage. These buttons will take our users to the appropriate sub-homepage for each of the four functions (Create, Compete, Predict, Vote).

Plus, we need a 5th smaller sized square button that will represent "Explore" which will take users to a random tournament within our website if a user can't decide what to look at, or if they are in the mood for a surprise (kind of like an internal StumbleUpon concept).

I have attached a blurred screenshot (for privacy and NDA reasons) of our tentaive homepage design for your reference in terms of size, location, color, and feel of the website. The areas circled in Red are the locations of where the 5 buttons will be inserted. We currently have stock images placed where the 5 buttons will be located, and we can't wait to replace these stock images with your custom made creations made just for us because the stock images just don't match at all!

Our logo colors include white/light gray, crimson, and black. Please stick to this color scheme or at least something that will compliment our color scheme... because we don't want to many colors fighting each other in the design (such as the way that it is now with the multi-colored stock images in place).

An idea of ours is to choose one color, perhaps crimson or gray, and to increase the color saturation in gradual increments to represent the 4 different stages. For example, "Create" will be the lightest/most transparent crimson, followed by "Compete" which will be slightly more saturated in crimson color, followed by "Predict" which will be even more saturated in the crimson color, followed by "Vote" which will be the fully saturated crimson color. But we are open minded to new ideas and new concepts from a designer with a trained eye for this stuff.

OUR TARGET AUDIENCE IS:

College aged - Young professional audience.

We want to create a fun, competitive, interactive environment. We want our users to get involved and play!

We want it to feel like we don't take ourselves too seriously, so comedy and light-heartedness is a plus (but please no vulgar or offensive humor... just keep it neutral for our homepage).

Simple, intuitive graphics are key here because we want our website to be user-friendly and self-explanatory for each of the functions that we offer.

We definitely DO NOT want a corporate feel. So, please help us make our neutral/boring colored template look more fun and interactive.

WE LIKE THESE DESIGNS:

http://divageekdesigns.com/2008/10/11/11...

We like the "snap2objects" look and the one below it, the "freakgroup" icon buttons look featured on this website.

WE ABSOLUTELY MUST HAVE (or we don't want to see) THIS IN OUR DESIGN:

Absolutely must be intuitive and self explanatory so that users can associate the buttons with the functions themselves (Create, Compete, Predict, Vote, & Explore)

Absolutely must be square in shape.

Absolutely must contain the words "Create", "Compete", "Predict", "Vote", "Explore" (although, without the quotation marks) in each of the buttons along with the graphic itself.

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