I'm a web developer (the html/css/backend) guy. I've got about zero artistic capability to create a design but I can take a design and create an amazing website out of it. I would like to find a graphic designer to create a design for my personal website but have no idea where to look for one. I've posted to elance but just get a bunch of generic replies from people who did not read my post at all.
Another problem I have is I don't know how much the work I'm looking to get done should cost me. I know the quality of work the marketing company I work for charges people, but I can't afford 10k-30k for a design. I know things are not free in this world, and I am very willing to pay to have the work done, I just dont want to get ripped off myself. I do not need any html/css/cms/programming/hosting/etc. Just the photoshop file(s) for the design.
What I'm looking for I've posted below. How much should something like this cost to have designed? Where is a good place to find qualified graphic designers? Would it be appropriate to ask for a quick sketch of a general layout (10 minutes to make type thing) before hiring a designer (I dont want work done for free, but I want to make sure its something I like before paying any money or having them do any real work)?
I’m looking for an artist familiar with the Steampunk genre and who is familiar with designing websites. I am a web developer and am looking to create a unique personal website to showcase my skill set but do not have the artistic capability to do the graphical design work. I am willing to allow you tag or link or something identifying you as the artist/designer on the site in an un-obtrusive way if you wish.
For example http://www.jkrowling.com/ is a site that has a unique navigation style. It is in flash and if not anything that I am interested in design wise, but it gives you an idea of what I mean by unique navigation
The site structure is:
- Landing Page
- Biography (About Me)
- Projects (This need to take into account scrolling or paging through them)
- Individual project pages
- Images (Listing any number of galleries)
- Individual image pages
I would like room for 2 additional pages/section on the main page (6 total) for future use. I’m thinking there should be no scrolling needed on the landing page.
All page content should fit in an width of 950 pixels. Background elements and images can fill out beyond that up to 1900 in width (but does not need to the full 1900) the content will be displayed and as much of the background elements and images will be shown as the users browser will allow but will not use the scrollbars to see.
Some design aspects that I like:
This is an image of an existing site. I like the colors and general design elements that exist but would like elements elements to work with on my site. I do not like the layout of the overall site. http://blackmoondev.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/steampunk_design_dante_900.jpg
I very much like the calendar in the bottom left of the following image. Something similar with layers for each month/day/hour so I could create a working calendar. Maybe something where the background is a separate layer so the image (the galaxy) could be changed out but the glass effect would still be there regardless of the background. http://fc06.deviantart.net/fs28/f/2008/094/c/b/3232design_steampunk_wallpaper_by_3232design.jpg
Below are some old style documents I could see as background elements. I am thinking I would need the images as separate, higher resolution files. I could place them on the webpage but have them popup when a user clicks on them for a detailed view. The images need not be of anything real or particular. http://www.topdesignmag.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/712.jpg http://fc08.deviantart.com/fs39/f/2008/350/2/3/Steampunk_Odysseus_by_chrislazzer.jpg