You don’t need to provide the full design. I’m looking for a logo, a color palette, and minor adjustments to alleviate the blocky feel.
The basic layout of the site is set; you don’t need to work on the general placement of the elements. What I need:
1. A single logo image for the top of the page. It should evoke the feel of the site described above.
2. A color palette that will improve the visual appeal of the site. I randomly chose brown for the prototype, don’t let that influence you. I don’t want the color scheme to be image-based, so a winning design will be one that can be readily adapted to HTML/CSS. I understand that will introduce limitations for the designer, and I’ll take that into consideration. Bottom line, I don’t want to have to manipulate a bunch of images if I change the site. Therefore, I want to implement your design without a lot of slices and backgrounds. I might be open to a gradient image or two if they make the page stand out.
3. Tweaks that make the site seem less blocky. This might include rounded corners or font changes or whatever you see fit. This may be a challenge for designers unfamiliar with CSS - if I can't adapt it without image slices, I'll tend to shy away from your design.