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LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT US:

We are creating a new Anime/Manga fan community website called Fandom. Fandom will be devoted to popular Anime/Manga properties e.g. Naruto and Bleach. Fandom will be the 'umbrella' news/content aggregator across all Anime/Manga properties while each property will have its own 'sub-site' within Fandom. All sub-sites share a common layout, features and functions, however, each sub-site should have its own theme (unique graphics and color styles) driven by CSS. We will add new sub-site properties on a regular basis.

Terminology:

Anime = Japanese Animation, previously known as Japanimation

Manga = Japanese Comic Books. Most Japanese Anime are adapted from Manga.

Naruto & Bleach = Anime/Manga primarily geared towards young men. Search web for color schemes.

For reference:

Two websites that will be integrated into Fandom are www.narutocentral.com and www.bleachcentral.com.

HERE IS WHAT WE NEED:

We're looking for a 'home page' layout that represents the general look and feel and design direction of Fandom as well as an example sub-site content page. The design should have a strong visual impact, yet be flexible enough to be 'themed' or 'skinned' through CSS for the sub-sites (e.g. changing main header image, background and font colors through a style sheet). As a community website, Fandom will feature a large amount of news and content which needs to be supported by the design and layout of the site. The layout should be based on a modular grid that defines 'content areas' and 'content modules'. The website should be optimized for 1024px screens and support standard banner formats. The design can incorporate 'Web 2.0' features such as drop-down menus, combo boxes, Flash etc.

OUR TARGET AUDIENCE IS:

Passionate fans of Anime/ Manga, Average age ~23. Trend setters, early adapters to technology. Global/International audience.

WE LIKE THESE DESIGNS:

Here are some examples of websites with similar content and grid layouts:

http://www.ign.com/

http://www.gamespot.com/

http://www.ugo.com/

http://www.craveonline.com/

http://www.syfy.com/

Leading Anime/Manga content sites (not design examples):

http://www.manga.com/

http://www.crunchyroll.com/

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com

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

- 980px width (= optimized for min 1024 x 768px monitors)

- 'above the fold' leaderboard banner (728 x 90px)

- right hand column that supports 300px x 250 banner ads

- 'Featured content' slideshow box on home page ('above the fold')

- Multi-tiered navigation (drop-down menus)

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