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Countryside Montessori Website Redesign

Need an unconventional, sophisticated, minimalist, and scaleable Web 2.0 redesign

Contest Holder CountrysideMontessoriSchool

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Creative Brief


Countryside Montessori Website Redesign

Need an unconventional, sophisticated, minimalist, and scaleable Web 2.0 redesign

Education

http://countrysidemontessori.org

Nationally recognized Montessori school in upscale Chicago suburbs. Involved parent community, mobile-phone primary users.

Features
- Redesign website, making it more mobile friendly, simple, and mission-oriented.

- Examples of - Fluid, responsive, minimalist, web2.0, scaleable, sliding webpage panels, sliding image presentations, vertical navigation, hover effects (CSS3 animations);
http://www.chicagoareapeds.com/
http://twogiraffes.com/
http://www.mediafire.com/
http://www.elegantthemes.com/gallery/dailyjournal/

General guidelines to keep in mind
unconventional
sophisticated
NOT preschool-like
minimalist
clean lines, beauty, WOW-factor; aesthetically pleasing
balance between functionality with aesthetic beauty
scaleable

COLORS/THEMES:
Pantone# 385c; Pantone# 1817c; Pantone# 657c & Pantone# 454c
Textured wood theme; logo-centered theme
The website should resemble and have a similar feel as the school’s interior.

SEE PHOTOS M1-M7
SEE PHOTOS L1-L4
SEE PHOTOS A1-A4 & B1-B4

Unique/Creative
Clean/Simple
Flashy
Family Oriented
Sophisticated
Inspirational
Soft
Elegant
Progressive
High Tech

Pantone# 385c

Pantone# 1817c

Pantone# 657c & Pantone# 454c (either of these should be background)

Arial
Verdana
Trebuchet MS

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http://twogiraffes.com/

http://www.mediafire.com/

http://www.chicagoareapeds.com/

General guidelines to keep in mind
unconventional
sophisticated
NOT preschool-like
minimalist
clean lines, beauty, WOW-factor; aesthetically pleasing
balance between functionality with aesthetic beauty
scaleable

To do a successful design, keep 3 things in mind:

1) Beauty.
Look at the photos we provided to get a feel of the environment: the interior, the children's work spaces, lighting, wood materials, etc.
Visitors to our school are often amazed at its beauty. The Website should have a similar aesthetically pleasing quality, striking in beauty.
Don’t feel stuck to the colors provided. Think freely, let the colors of our school/interior/environments inspire you.

2) Unconventional & sophisticated.
Keep in mind the word "unconventional." We are a unique school, and want our Website not to look like every other school website.
We are known for our authentic Montessori approach. We are serious about what we do. Our website should not look like that of a preschool (especially since we go from Pre-K to 8th grade).

3) Mission-centered (the WHY?)
Our programs are important. But keep in mind our mission is more important to highlight. “Respect, responsibility, and resourcefulness.” To help your child become respectful, responsible, and resourceful. (see mission page).
Visitors to our webpage need to know WHY we are a good school (mission), before knowing HOW we do it or WHAT we do (programs, activities, etc.) See the Golden Circle video to see what I mean.
http://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action

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Discussion


Comments

  • May 16, 2014 11:07 AM
    avatar CountrysideMontessoriSchool
    Project Holder
    Dear Designers (please see NEW IDEA pdf attachment),

    We've reached a point in the contest where we felt we needed to upload and provide our own concept because no designs have been unique enough for our very unique school. No one has really captured what we want.
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    So ANY ELIMINATED DESIGNER CAN PARTICIPATE in this NEW IDEA...
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    Attached, please see "NEW IDEA" file. It contains the following:
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    1) Pages 1-5: HOME PAGE (non-scrolling; very simple; a place for a few photos and links, but beautiful and memorable)
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    2) Pages 6-7: CONTENT PAGE (vertical scrolling, textured background, logo colors, tree design, with content areas branched out)
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    Notice that it's sophisticated, mission-centered, and aesthetically pleasing.
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    Please design your attempts to follow this general plan. IF YOU UNDERSTAND THE IDEA AND THINK YOU HAVE A BETTER APPROACH, PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR IDEA. If you need clarification, send me a message.
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    If you can only do one, try doing Pages 6-7.

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  • May 9, 2014 10:28 AM
    avatar CountrysideMontessoriSchool
    Project Holder
    After seeing some designs, I want to reemphasize some things:

    Most people keep submitting "standard" style designs, ones that look almost like every other Website out there.

    I want to emphasize that when we see another "standard design" we say to ourselves, "they don't get it. They don't get us."

    This design cannot use old templates that you re-work to "fit in" our comments. It's not like most of your projects. This is a chance for risk-takers and rule-breakers to forget everything they learned in Adobe class and let their creativity go to the extreme.

    It must be totally different. It must be constructed form the ground up, after much reflection and thought, and consideration of who we are as a school.

    So, we are really looking for one designer with whom we can establish a long-term design relationship. But this person needs to do something DIFFERENT.

    Because so far, EVERYONE LOOKS THE SAME.

    Thanks!

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  • May 8, 2014 12:01 PM
    avatar CountrysideMontessoriSchool
    Project Holder
    It’s not about the design. It’s about the designer. He/she needs to be an unconventional person. If we find that person, we are willing to work with him/her even if the design is NOT PERFECT.

    To do a successful design, keep 3 things in mind:

    1) Beauty.
    Look at the photos we provided to get a feel of the environment: the interior, the children's work spaces, lighting, wood materials, etc.
    Visitors to our school are often amazed at its beauty. The Website should have a similar aesthetically pleasing quality, striking in beauty.
    Don’t feel stuck to the colors provided. Think freely, let the colors of our school/interior/environments inspire you.

    2) Unconventional & sophisticated.
    Keep in mind the word "unconventional." We are a unique school, and want our Website not to look like every other school website.
    We are known for our authentic Montessori approach. We are serious about what we do. Our website should not look like that of a preschool (especially since we go from Pre-K to 8th grade).

    3) Mission-centered (the WHY?)
    Our programs are important. But keep in mind our mission is more important to highlight. “Respect, responsibility, and resourcefulness.” To help your child become respectful, responsible, and resourceful. (see mission page).
    Visitors to our webpage need to know WHY we are a good school (mission), before knowing HOW we do it or WHAT we do (programs, activities, etc.) See the Golden Circle video to see what I mean.
    http://www.ted.com/talks/simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action





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