Over the years, evolt.org has had a number of designs, produced and implemented by a small group of admin evolters. We've come a long way in developing the design in the 7 years we've been in existence, including this current iteration, which we've lived with for over 6 months since we replatformed the site last summer. In that time, we've progressively opened up the running of the community. But now we'd like to go a step further and open up the design too. Here's your opportunity to stamp your own creativity on evolt - we'd like you (yes, you) to redesign this site.

Rationale

History

The first Drupal implementation for www.evolt.org (aka weo) was based on Isaac's static images, produced in summer 2002. They were almost 3 years old when we launched the thing, and therefore look a wee bit tired. Also, because we only had a few representative pages, we didn't have a complete design palette to implement, so had to fill in a lot of gaps, some of which went against the original design intentions. Finally, because we didn't want to go back through the hell of design by committee, we weren't prepared to entertain improvements on the designs based on experience, or additional capabilities that Drupal offers us.

A number of people have commented that the current design could be better. So, money-where-the-mouth-is time. Are you up to it?

Requirements

A beautiful design that showcases the best in current web development, and can be easily implemented into Drupal (ie within a day), with no further design discussion or database lifting required.

Rules

Judging Criteria

Submitting your entry

The winner will be decided by Evolt's Design and Development group, in consultation with theforum and Evolt's sysadmins, and will become the default Evolt.org design. Non-winning designs judged of a high enough standard will be made available as alternative themes for registered users to choose as how they wish to view evolt.org.

We reserve the right to enter, shortlist and select the current evolt.org design as the overall winner. We reserve the right to combine features from entries, and will grant co-winner status to all those involved.

Additional hints for entrants submitting static HTML

  1. Take copies of pages from the existing site as a base for your HTML. If you need access to edit pages, we can set you up with appropriate rights on our test site.
  2. Study how the pages are built up in many circumstances, including new content, content that's 'sticky' (ie highlighted at the top of index pages) and so on.
  3. The site is currently made up of three templates:

    Page

    Controls the overall layout, where each section goes etc. There is a large area here that is essentially Main Content goes here

    Node

    Controls how the main content is presented, both as excerpts on the index pages, and on their own pages. This again has a Content goes here area. Additional functionality such as comment forms, trackbacks and so on are provided by modules and are part of this area. Their HTML is generally not editable, so styling these can only be achieved using CSS. We may be persuadable to add id=foo/class=bar hooks on these for a particularly effective solution, but don't bank on it.

    Comment

    Controls how comments are displayed. NB, not the comment form, which is part of the Node Main Content area.

  4. Page-specific design is therefore generally not possible, other than defining which blocks (ie the content of the current site's sidebars) are visible on which pages (and to logged in users or not).
  5. Blocks can contain Static HTML (see the current Donations block for an example), RSS feeds, or content made available by specific modules.

Summary

This community contains some of the top web talent working today, with lots of experience in designing beautiful sites integrated with Content Management Systems such as Drupal. I know there are evolters capable of truly astonishing work that will astound us all. Come back with work that will make my jaw drop, because I know you can.