I want it to feel gentle and have a flowing nature. No edges, no hard lines.
Nature and nurture should be included in the illustrations.
The Yokido symbol should be throughout the site, pictures of me and videos of my demos and teaching.
(OCT 27) IMPORTANT UPDATE
Ok guys! Thank you very much for jumping in. After seeing the entries so far, I need to make some important amendments to my initial brief.
The reason I chose http://www.seanecorn.com as a website example wasn’t for the design. It was more for the hierarchy of the entire website. It was to give you an idea about what sections, text and pages I might be looking for. I didn’t mean for you to copy the design or layout of her site. That being said, please note that my aim is to get a site that matches the times we’re living. Meaning, it has to be on the modern side, rather than the old style. Modern but not stark. Meaning, I don’t want it look business like either. To summarize and give you ideas that can help you create a better mind map to start with, here are my notes:
Please don’t copy the design or layout of http://www.seanecorn.com
Please don’t use templates found everywhere on the internet, I CAN tell. Better try to find a “main theme” that would suit my practice. For example, if you decide to use the ocean, don’t just use an ocean image, they’re everywhere on the Internet. Dig deeper and find me a nice organic element drawn from the ocean theme and then use it to build my entire site around it. That should be your reoccurring element to make everything look consistent.
I’m seeing a main problem with the colors in all entries. Many of you have gone the “too dark” way while others have gone the “stark white” background way. I think we need balance here. So…something between dark and white. But not gray…. you got the idea. So, please chose colors wisely, this site IS primarily for women. The modern woman likes organic, earthy colors. Muted colors are not meant to be boring. Please use accent colors and contrasts. This will help to draw attention to certain areas.
Some color palettes to consider:
Do not use ornamental shapes with embellishments. I'm talking about those ones that look like the Arabian Nights.
Stay away from old style backgrounds, such as, tiles, grains, too grungy…
Please o not use old gothic fonts, they make the site look like a game site. Use modern sans serif fonts. For incentives and big headlines, use something different indeed but don’t use old script fonts, use fonts with an organic hand-drawn feeling. Something similar to Blackflower. But not fonts with too curly letters.
DO NOT use drop shadows unnecessarily — on menu items for example.
Please try to use focus points or focus sections…. in other words… you want people to SEE some things first and then other stuff… not all stuff at once…
WHAT THE SITE IS ABOUT
Please work your magic to find a way to make my visitors understand what the site is about as soon as they land on my homepage
MODERN, INSPIRATIONAL AND FEMININE
The key is to find the right balance between modern, inspirational and feminine where:
a) modern - through striking, surprising layout and shapes.
b) inspirational - can be achieved through the use of earth organic color schemes.
c) feminine - curves and flowing touch and feel.
As you can see, the personal photos I use were taken in different photo sessions. That's why when you put them next to each other, they look like they don't match. So please consider overlaying something special onto the photos to make them look like they belong to each other and the site. (some nice Photoshop actions perhaps?)
I am aware that websites with looping music are considered to be old style and they might even frustrate some visitors. That’s why I need the mute button to be more prominent as soon as visitors land to offer them the choice to switch it off right away.
One final word, please filter everything I just said through your experience as a web designer. I don't expect you to read my mind but I expect you to bring good quality ideas to the table because that's why you're here for. In other words, please consider everything I said as a starting point for teamwork. And also, please do not feel tied by everything I said. Feel free to contradict me, surprise me, take me on a path I've never thought I'd walk if that means creating a superb website that is both beautiful and user-friendly.
I truly appreciate your work and I look forward to seeing new designs! Thank you!