We want the style/theme to be fun, easy to grasp and maybe a little playful. Here's what we're really looking from 99designs:
1) We need a new header that will be consistent across every page of the site. What we have currently (black background with the Abe Lincoln quote) is just a placeholder we threw together in like 5 minutes. We want something more creative that is universal on all pages and branded for OnlyInYourState.com. We need a new logo and we want to have room for a 728x90 ad unit that also has the ability to expand to a 970x250 ad slot. We also might want some social media buttons or a search box or both if possible.
2) Navigation bar: We need navigation bar that would appear below the header on most other pages of the site, for example our article pages or our state category pages:
In our vision, the far left of the navigation bar will have a bold logo indicating which state the user is on. Next to that logo will be an arrow pointing to the right that points to our sub-categories which are Food, Attractions, News, Life, Top Articles, Random.
Generally speaking, we like our current article pages but are open to your suggestions/ideas for how to improve the look and feel. I'm sure there are some simple variations and upgrades that might make the article pages pop more. For example, our footer could be vastly improved on the article pages.
3) We need a search box somewhere on every page of the site. Users need to be able to both search for articles and jump to different states. For example, on the homepage we need to give users a dropdown box that allows them to pick a state.