Seeking a creative website designer
November 17, 2011 6:57 AM

Hello there -

It's time for me to get serious about my writing, so of course I need a website. Here's all the information in distilled form. I can be more loquacious if you're interested.

Me: freelance writer, with interests in art, art history, letterpress printing and other arcane matters.

What I need: a website to which I can direct potential clients that will give them a sense of who I am, what I do and how I do it. It doesn't need to be large or super-fancy, but I do want it to be distinctive and elegant.

Content needs: An opening page with clickable buttons that allow viewers to go to pages for writing samples, cv, book excerpts, etc. I would also like either an integral blog or a way to link to a blog. Also the ability to post photos.

Design needs: The image I have is a front page with a picture of a vintage manual typewriter. When you scroll over various keys, a box appears showing what you get if you click on the key. For example "f" gets you "fiction".

I also need the ability to add and modify material without having to consult a designer every time. I am reasonably proficient with computers for a non-techie, but am nowhere near being a web designer. If someone who knows what they're doing puts the thing together and gets it up and running, I don't think I'd have much trouble maintaining it.

Here are some examples of the feel I'm looking for:

I want to get far away from the sleek, white look that a lot of websites have. I want my site to be slightly grungy, a little beat-up looking but in a homey way. Sort of a retro, magical-realist feel. Think of Borges and the music of Jim White. I want a website that is a visual manifestation of this:

I have no idea what something like this will cost. I'm not rich, but am absolutely not interested in ripping off or nickel and diming a talented designer. If you're interested and have a portfolio or examples of what you can do, please get in touch.

Thank you!

Alan Foljambe

payscale: $200 - $500
job type: contract
posted by crazylegs to Art/Media/Design

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