Hi everyone. I will make this a quick as I can. I have a client who wants updates to her site, such as a newsletter, calander of events, and an intro video. This I am fairly confident in completing. I attempted to provide a new design for her site but she felt it was too plain. I am far from a designer!
I am planning over the next couple of weeks to rebuild each page because her previous company used template, so her site was built with tables instead of divs. I’d like your opinion on the site. Maybe if I show her a different prespective she will be more willing for change.
Simplicity and grids would be king in this kind of design. What you posted here looks like it was made in 1998. Simple color scheme (greens, blues, whites, greys, browns and possibly dark reds are awesome for financial sites), serif fonts, a grid system and Istock photo would be the best place to start.
I would agree with the other guys, and especially with Ashton – if you can’t do it yourself or you think its gonna look terrible, get a designer in :) If you get a reasonably priced dude in then just add a little to his bill you can make a bit of money off him ;)
Here is what I submitted. Maybe I you guys can rip it apart and then I can go back to the drawing boards. I started taking the site apart already. I have implemented google search, took away the tables and replaced them with divs. Since it was a template I removed all the unused images and scripts files that were taking up space.
I am not using a CMS currently but I will probable create a custom solution, as I am having fun learning php and jQuery. Since this is a free project I might as well learn as much as I can.
The problem I am facing now is, the flash banner in the header uses four different files, so this part of the site I cannot change.