Every year the Santa Claus House ( http://www.santaclaushouse.com ) in North Pole, Alaska receives tens of thousands of Letters to Santa from children all over the world.
We have decided to post a few (hundred) of them online for the world to see. Everyone always wonders what happens to all those letters to Santa. Now you know.
The letters will be digitized (masking any personally identifying informatiion) on the website http://www.KidsSantaLetters.com.
This project is to create a template for the website. Again, the site is KidsSantaLetters.com. You can go there now to get a feel for just a few of the letters that we have put up so far. These can be used for mockup purposes.
The main feeling of the site will be along the lines of "kids say the darnedest things", although there will also be "tearjerker" letters from children less fortunate than most of us.
What were looking for is this:
The site is built using ZenPhoto (http://www.zenphoto.org). This is open source photo gallery software. Since its gallery software, I basically only need a template, as the look will essentially be the same on all pages, with only the gallery body changing (thumbnails to single images.)
The primary elements are:
The Header, containing:
Breadcrumbs (where you are on the site i.e. Kids Letters>Tearjerkiers>Letter 56),
Left-hand Navigation, containing:
1. Category Links: Art, Humorous, Tearjerkers, Thanks, Wishlists
2. A 200x200px ad box
1. 2008, Santa Claus House. All rights reserved.
2. About Us link
3. Contact Us link
4. Powered by zenphoto link
5. RSS feed link
Im looking for something with a family-friendly look, though not too kiddie, as it wont be kids surfing the site, it will primarily be adults.
The site should be optimized for browsers set to 1024x768 as 95% of our traffic has that setting or larger. The look must be able to expand vertically as far as needed and horizontally if necessary to fill 100% of the screen. The 200x200 ad box needs to be above the fold.
If you use art/clipart of any kind for the look, it must be your own original art or royalty-free, as I dont want to have to purchase additional artwork, or use any citations.
Some text for the home page if you need it:
Kids Santa Letters Letters to Santa from Children All Over the World
Every year the Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska receives tens of thousands of Letters to Santa from children all over the world.
We have decided to post a few (hundred) of them online for you to see. Youve always wondered what happens to all those letters to Santa. Now you know.
An example of a zenphoto site I really like is http://www.wallpaperstock.sk
Important Note: I am willing to link to your site/portfolio on the about us page or in the footer (if I really like the work) as the Template Designer, so be willing to put your name on it before you upload it. Just FYI, our main site SantaClausHouse.com gets traffic in the millions of unique visitors in the fourth quarter. We will be cross promoting on our main site, so make it worth my while, and it could be good for you to.
If you have any questions, or need clarification on any thing at all, just ask. Also, I do give feedback on work submitted, so youre not wasting your time ;-)
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