Nice. My only comments are the font maybe a little small, and I am unsure on the punch marks.
Personally I would be surprised if this wasn’t accepted, but I am unsure on how populated the area is for this submission.
Are you could just post the design as suggested above, and get feedback before you slice and code.
The forum is full of talented authors with years worth of experience. I am pretty sure if they think its ready, you will have a chance of being accepted.
Just an idea.
I think maybe sitting downing and working out what you want from all this may help.
Find a niche, something you enjoy making. Get on Dribbble or Forrst and see who you can work with.
Its worth mentioning that once one page is designed, the others usually take less time due to the site / basic styles being designed / coded.
I think you just answered your own question.
At the moment you can’t afford a good, experienced designer, and need to find a junior, or someone who is looking to get into the game, and work with them.
Just a few observations, from my point of view. (A designer who has learned to code)
Firstly, if you think a ‘design’ is just a PSD , you really are mistaken.
My design process includes: target research, content / site priorities and wireframes. Also factor in the extra work for a responsive design (My theme Focus, I had to wireframe 7 different layouts). Then there is finding the right typefaces, icon sets, colour scheme, working on the contrast etc.
Once this is all completed, I can then start working on the PSD .
You seem to be under the impression you think a designer just opens up Photoshop and creates a site design.
A ‘design’ is never just a one-time job. Even for my own themes, I still have to design new things for features that are requested.
As a coder, I appreciate what your saying about bugs / issues etc. This happens, but if the code is clean and tested properly, it should never take too much to resolve.
I would also point out that ‘compatibility’ issues should be resolved before any code goes live.
With this in mind a ‘50 / 50’ split is more than fair. I really think you should try and spend some time with a good designer, and watch just how painstaking our lives can be. As mentioned before, your code won’t shift a thing unless the design is appealing.
Regarding charges, I am around £150 – £200 per day. A homepage can take me between 7 – 10 hours to design, maybe 5 to code. That is just one page.
I really want to leave this on a positive note. Don’t let arrogance ruin what you could be. There are people here giving you free advice, if I was your age again I would listen to it.
What do you actually want to do? Are you just here to make money, or do you have passion for what you do?
Anyone can learn to design and code. But it takes passion, heart, natural talent and drive to become really good at either.
Anyway, I don’t wan’t to go more offtopic than it is now. The thing is that I’m sensitive at words like “talent” when it comes to a designer versus a coder. Both have talent if they are good at it. Talent is not only a designer’s attribute… because both activities require a great deal of work to get experience in the field. The inspiration “idea” was there to point out that both activities work in similar ways.
What he said. Basically you need to respect both design and development processes. As a developer you need a designer, and vice versa.
If you don’t have respect for what goes into making a design, your gonna struggle to find a designer who wants to work with you. From the sounds of the original post, it seems that is what is lacking.
Please don’t under value designers or developers, or even the lucky hybrids!
Because let’s face it, coding is way more difficult than designing.
Your not going to win many friends with that attitude. Please don’t be so naive.