As we prepare to relaunch our site, we would like a professional redesign of our home page (which is also a search page) and the follow-up search results page.
Our design should be professional, innovative, and also functional. The site should be easy-to-use and consistent with web 2.0 standards, but should also be innovative enough to catch the attention of our users and communicate that our site is not just another referral site or online directory, but that it is a fully featured web service.
For our redesign, we have conceptualized these elements should appear on the home page:
-Header and footer (same on all pages.. including dynamic menu that changes if user is logged in)
--Footer should be in this web 2.0 style:
-Search box (We're leaning towards a horizontally oriented search box with tabs for the different trip types rather than a drop down. [Airport pick-up/drop-off, wedding/prom, night out] similar to the search box on http://travel.yahoo.com)
-Map (the map adds legitimacy to our site by displaying that we have relationships with real companies. We're leaning towards a smaller square map [like yelp.com] which displays local companies, rather than a dynamic map which plots the route [as it is now])
-Rotating image (a roughly 400x300 photo advertising deals available on our site. [like on the bottom of this design http://99designs.com/contests/717/entries/31691
-Space to dynamically list deals available.
-Space to explain how our site works.