The two main goals of the home page are:
a) describe our service and encourage people to sign up for the informational webinar
b) showcase and provide access to our collections.
The Home Page design needs to include the following elements:
1) Header area w/ Menu/Navigation bar – see attached site map diagram for menu/submenu structure. This area should be able to be used as the header area consistently throughout the rest of the site. Should make use of our logo.
a. Search box w/ auto-suggest should be part of header – should be large enough for longer searches (i.e. longer than your typical search box). Unlike our current site’s search, this will just be a search box, no drop downs to filter the search like there are on the current site.
b. There should be a way to toggle between English and Spanish.
c. There should be ‘Login’ link
2) Featured Collection area – rotating slide-show/cover flow type area. Each featured collection would have a thumbnail image, and a name link, as well as possibly additional text such as institution name or a description (see current site’s featured area). 2-3 featured collections should be visible at a time.
3) ‘Sign up for our Webinar’ area – this should above the fold and easy to see. Text should be along the lines of “Attend a live online demo: June 21, 2011 11:30 AM PDT or July 12, 2011 11:30 AM PDT “
4) Stats area with some numbers, and possibly a simple graph or two (see graphs at bottom of openlibrary.org home page). This will be an upgrade of the current box we have in the upper right corner of http://www.archive-it.org that says “As of today, Archive-It has collected 2,877,990,678 URLs for 1,581 public collections!”
5) An area for browsing institutions (possibly a list of institution types w/ number of results for each) See mockups for example of content.
6) Listing of Subjects (top 10?) . Possibly with ability to expand/narrow down (although not necessary to show expanding /narrowing in this design). See mockups for example content.
7) There will likely be a few other smaller areas containing different ways to provide access to archived content. We’re still not sure exactly what they will be, so for this contest we’ve given a few non-specific examples of formats we may have this information in. For instance,
For the main part of the home page devoted to different ways to explore our content, the exact desired content is still being developed/decided, so in this contest we are looking for these areas to be flexible in allowing different areas to be styled. See attached mockups for some ideas to get you started on the layout of the page, but we’re not designers so we’re sure you have much better ideas for the layout.