You are free to be creative, but for pointers I would like to point out that I like the look of 99 designs, voices.com, etc. that have big bold text, with easy to navigate content.
I want all critical information on the pages above the fold. I also would like to see some ideas on how we can incorporate twitter, facebook, etc. into the design (totally optional)...
Colors: I like the current colors, but am not married to them...please feel free to be creative!
At the end of the day I need to hand over the language for the new pages to my programmer so he can implement the new look, whatever that means (he will need the HTML, or whatever you guys and gals are using these days) ;)