I would like to freshen up the main index page a bit.
I am not interested in revamping the entire forums or their color scheme.
I've run through several different ideas and come up with what design elements I want to include include in the new index design. The actual composition and colors of those elements is somewhat flexible and open to interpretation, however.
I know how impossible it is to design by committee, but I've felt pretty happy in the past with the process of gathering design ideas from forumers and then picking the parts I like.
So if you feel you have an eye for design / color, please feel free to chime in.
The screenshot below is a pretty rough cut. It shows the general elements I want to include:
+ a 2-column forum listing
+ a "latest threads" sidebar
+ penny-arcade artwork flanking the forum titles/descriptions.
+ A graphical indicator of how active the forum is
It also shows off a lot of my indecision in areas such as:
+ What colors should the "activity bar" be, and how should that info be made clear to new visitors?
+ How should the "latest threads" sidebar look?
+ use square images or round? drop shadow or not?
+ should some sort of box or background surround each forum title/description?
+ what page and text colors can I use and still be within the general PA pallet?
Feedback welcome, but understand that I get final decision-making power on everything and will not be swayed by efforts to convince me that "popular opinion" says I should do it "like so".
(spoilered for big)