Desired Color Scheme:
black/grey/white and #A11533
Accepted File Formats:
Standard Web Formats (.jpg, .gif or .png); Layered Formats (.psd or .tiff)
I am looking for a magazine style design, with a mix between mainstream/grunge look to it. The site needs to have a 3 column homepage, and a 2 column article page (with sidebars on the right hand side) (no wider than 980px)
The color scheme is open for suggestion, but I prefer something with a darker (grey or black) background with a white body area. Preferable link/accent color to be #A11533.
The header should be able to accommodate a 468x60 ad in the right side, and homepage and sidebars should also accommodate typical ad sizes for monetization.
Homepage should have plenty of eyecandy (images, a spot for video, etc) to appeal to the mainstream crowd. Even though parts of the site will be a blog, I want the homepage to appear as a website.
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