The logo and tag line must be included. You can however play with the tag line if that's something you're interested in (move it around? design it into the background?)
We do NOT want a tiled (repeating) background.
We would like an area listing the twitter usernames of a few editors as well as the urls to a few other brand profiles (facebook, youtube). This is preferred, but NOT required. The best design will win either way.
Our brand is about men's interests...sex, relationships, sports, style, tech toys, fitness, health, money, etc. We aren't playboy.
Sure we're going to be featuring women on our site, but we don't want a twitter background with nothing except beautiful women plastered everywhere. Looking for more creativity.
Feel free to experiment with colors, as long as the logo fits in.
Other than that, there aren't many requirements. Lets see what you can come up with!