Snap Groups is Yahoo Groups for the Twitter/Facebook generation. Create groups, find and subscribe to groups, and post to the groups you're subscribed to, through the real-time web interface. Snap Groups is completely free.
We have a logo and a mockup for the main groups page, both included as attachments. We like the logo and want to continue to use it. The mockup needs work (as detailed below).
We'll want to work with the winning designer on the other pages of the site.
Our target audience is anyone interested in communicating with others about shared topics, whether that's a sports team, a hobby, a conference, whatever. Generally, younger rather than older, but we don't want to limit it to a specific group of people.
We are looking for 2 designs:
1) Improve the main groups page. This is the page people will see if they are logged in and visit snapgroups.com. It's the main page for interacting with Snap Groups. It shows a real-time updated stream of messages sent to the groups you're subscribed to. It also has links to manage groups you've created.
The current mock up is bland, there's too much orange, the avatar image is too generic, it's not inviting. The header is bad and the links are not positioned properly.
2) Create a home page. The home page will be the page people see if they visit snapgroups.com for the first time. It should convey activity. For part of the page, it will show some recent messages sent to public groups. It will also have brief listings of new groups created in the last day as well as the most popular groups. It will have some text explaining what Snap Groups is. It will have links to register and to create a group. It will also have a form to log in. The form will consist of a text field for an email address and a text field for a password. The look should be professional but not boring, maybe a little fun. It may or may not use the same header that you use for #1. The footer should be the same.
Please create the home page first (as detailed in #2). We'll ask for #1 from a final short list of designers towards the end of the contest.