We're the founders of YouIntern.com. It's a site where students can write reviews of their previous internships, and also search and apply for new positions. Employers can post their open internships, and seek out potential candidates.
We are live now (http://www.youintern.com) but are working on a COMPLETE re-design, so don't take any aesthetic cues from the current website, but visit it to get a sense of our mission. We are currently focused on advertising/marketing/communication industries, but hope to expand once we cover that ground.
We're trying to take the look in a different direction, a modern aesthetic, sleek and professional, while still being friendly and not overly corporate.
HERE IS WHAT WE NEED
We need a new logo for our website that we'll use all over -- we'll put it on banners, on business cards, but the #1, above-all priority is its presence on the website.
OUR TARGET AUDIENCE IS
Students AND employers. It has to work for both parties. It has to welcome both sides into this website, because we're trying to make internships better and connect these two stakeholders. We're the only website that tries to break down any stigma between students and employers.
WE LIKE THESE DESIGNS
I can't think of any that come to mind. We want to be professional and irreverent. I will provide feedback during this entire process to you, because this work is important.
OUR DESIGN ABSOLUTELY MUST HAVE
Some type of visual cue that represents us. It's a coffee cup now, but there's another website (www.internshipratings.com) that came after us and used the coffee cup. So, please stay away from the coffee cup. Our slogan is likely to stay "Freedom from Coffee and Copies!" but could always change. That just represents our goal of facilitating educational, professionally relevant internships and not ones where you fetch lunch all day long.
But we want something that brings all of these ideas together, some type of visual cue that we can own.
THINGS WE DON'T LIKE
I don't like designs that are too web 2.0-y. I don't see a lot of that on here, but I vomit when I see reddit.com and digg.com. I love the websites designed by design firms R/GA and Avenue A | Razorfish. We like things that are intriguing, irreverent, remarkable.
I love the work on this website and am eager to work with you all. I hope to provide detailed feedback to everyone that presents an initial concept that catches our eye. This will sadly mean providing feedback to some eventual runners-up, and if you submit work, you agree to not re-use or re-present it with YouIntern.com in the layout, but my hope is that you'll get great portfolio material and experience working with clients.
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