Our requirements about the design
We presently have a very basic Word-press theme, but would like to upgrade to a new and more professional design, and - very important: a template that support the latest version of WordPress.
We want a new standard three-column WordPress theme, with header image.
We want the navigation at the left column, like we have on the present template for barndop.nu. However, if there is a template where one could ad 2-3 navigation-tabs at the top of the page as well that would be fabulous, since we plan on starting a forum in the near future, and it might be good to have a tab for that at the top, clearly drawing attention to this part of the site.
The header image must include the name of the website: barndop.nu or Barndop.nu (with versal B, whichever) and the tagline "Allt om dopet"
We expect help with creating new design elements (photos, graphics, buttons etc) that we could use on an existing WP-template (we expect recommendations from the designer of which WP-template that the design elements would fit). Our choice of designer will be based on both the design and which WP-template he or she recommends, and how well that WP template is suited for a content information-rich site. Please visit http://www.barndop.nu to get an understanding on the amount of information we provide on the site.
We would like a design that signals both "professional", "good taste/stylish" and "trustworthy/serious", but also "inviting", "joy", "warmth", "love", "family".
"Memories", "precious" and “welcome to the world” are good words too.
Add a bit of gravity of a big moment of life, perhaps (somewhat like weddings) - but with a twist of playfulness that we associate to children.
Naturally we would not like to go with very dark or sharp colors, like black, since this is a light and bright occasion.
But we must confess: we are a bit skeptic to the typical pink/light blue baby-theme that seems to exist everywhere (including the stereotypes pink=girls/blue= boys).
However, at the same time soft pastels comes pretty natural with this type of website, don't they? We do like creamy colors, rather than cold pastels. “Dirty” colors are a favourite, like duck egg blue rather than pastel blue, if you know what I mean?
Overall: think "precious baby" and "beautiful solemn moment". Style and sophistication in choice of colors is definitely on our wish list!
The so-called-logo on our present site http://www.barndop.nu was a quick-fix and nothing we are particularly attached to, nor have we worked hard on establishing it anywhere. Please feel free to change the present "logo" however you wish!