We are looking for the design of just one portion of a page, the header of our new home page. Please see the two uploaded files. There is a box in red around the portion of the page that we need designed. The design outside of that box either shouldn't be effected by the design you provide, or only be minimally affected.
Given the parameters of working within the highlighted region, you can have a lot of freedom in how this area of the page is designed, layout, color, typography, graphics, icons. However, two things to keep in mind:
(1) We can't afford to have a module that is too tall, so if you are to expand the height of the module, don't do so by much.
(2) Your design, while it can stand out, needs to look good within the context of the larger page. If there are some minor tweaks we need to make to make your design fit, that's fine, but everything outside of the highlighted region is basically fixed at this point.
We want the design to be fun and welcoming, while conveying the scientific rigor of the information. We feel like the page is a bit boring and sterile in its current form. Also, the design should clearly convey that the web site is about product ratings.