I’m still having trouble trying to design my home page so I have decided to design the menu and footer first and then hopefully I will find it easier to design the individual pages with the static menu / footer design.
My initial idea was to do something similar to my first submission – having a menu bar at the very top of the site. However this may not necessarily suit the website I am designing because the title/logo also needs to also be consistent on every page.
This top menu is similar to the one that I was thinking of creating – I had not really thought about putting the site title in the menu though, however Daniella Draper‘s site incorporates it simply but effectively. The large image after the menu is also a design element a few of my mock up layouts have included, but if I have a drop down menu I am worried it will look too cluttered. However now I am thinking I do not have a need for a drop down menu if there are sub menus on the individual pages.
This website has an interesting layout. The “Drupalcon Munich 2012” logo is consistent on every page, as is the menu bar. I’m not 100% sure I like it but it is definitely something different.
This illustrator’s website is interesting – it has similar elements that my site will have (such as the “recent activity” posts). The header image is cut off on the additional pages which is an interesting change. The consistent header and menu is an element I think I want to create, however I don’t think it would be suitable for the header to change after the first page. But that is a very interesting idea.
Foodsense is a website with a very effective side menu bar. Top menu bars are far more common but this website implements a very clean and visually appealing side menu bar. I also like the information they have laid out on the front page. I also like the simple color scheme which may suit the website I design because the pictures will have a lot of colour in them and I would hate for them to clash.
I will keep working on my site mock up layouts now. Hopefully these have sparked inspiration.