We’ve attached a drawing of what our vision for the homepage is (Ryan’s Homepage Sketch)…hopefully inspirational/cutting-edge/surreal and leaving the viewer wanting more! The ‘sun rising over earth’ image at the top gets photoshop blended into the clouds of the ‘Wanderer’. Underneath the golden image being towed behind the sailboat it says, A Global Research Voyage and Feature Film for Our Children’s Future. This leaves a black prominent area at the top, with our logo (bottom right logo of the ‘Saelyn Revised Final copy’) on the top left, and social media tabs (twitter, Facebook, Linked In) on the top right along with an on/off switch for music (Saelyn Song attached) and a button that says CONTRIBUTE (and links to the Contribute submenu) and a button that says SURVEY (and links to the survey).
We have the menu bar tabs at the bottom, visualizing them with drop-down or -up submenus, but they could also be on the left depending on the feng shui of the site. We also don’t want to get too busy, but would like to have a Google Earth Map which shows our current location, a tab of our most recent video, and a tab of a photo gallery. If there is any way to remove the hard edges, blurred is almost always our preference. Bottom of page in small print says Yeehaw Productions with the creative commons license as a small glyph:
Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0)
and Artwork by Ryan McVay with a hyperlink to his website: http://www.rmcgallery.com/
Because the wanderer has a lot going on, we thought it would only be used for the homepage or be extremely lightened for all subsequent pages. If there was a second original page created we think ‘sunny-baham-spreaders-water-best’ would be good to photoshop into the same ‘sun rising over earth’ with logo/social networks/buttons top. The turqoise water is plain and could hold text over it. Maybe the metal wire and me floating could be photoshopped out with just that beautiful impressionistic looking water and the boat at the bottom.
ABOUT -> Project
Basic template with space for a movie trailer, images, and hyperlinks (all functions of Wordpress)
ABOUT -> Crew
Basic template with images of each of us and hyperlinks
ABOUT -> Research Vessel
Basic template with a video of our boat, images and hyperlinks (someday we dream of having a virtual tour: http://www.ocean-rover.com/boat/tour_cabin.htm)
ABOUT -> Sponsors
GET INVOLVED -> Discussion Board
We like this Forum and are awaiting his reply to exactly which one he uses: http://www.projectbluesphere.com/
GET INVOLVED -> Survey
Button on homepage leads you to this page. We'll plan to use:
http://www.surveymonkey.com/ and have it interface with Facebook.
GET INVOLVED -> Map of Supporters
We're hoping some type of lead capture will work to get email addresses for a newsletter, and have this cool widget installed to help us track supporters and demonstrate to potential funders http://crowdcontrols.cc/ interfaces with Facebook
GET INVOLVED -> Contribute
Basic template. Button from homepage leads you here. Paypal button to click on from here.
GET INVOLVED -> Education
Basic template. We'll just put 'Coming Soon' and install http://www.opencart.com/ when the time is right.
This could be a basic template that gets worked on in the future. We're thinking an archive of videos, with most recent video first. And free music downloads from http://www.reverbnation.com/