UI Designer needed for cutting-edge creative social network

at Portfora in London

Portfora is a portfolio site and social network for creative talents - photographers, models, make-up artists, clothing designers etc. It will in future expand to cater to actors/musicians/dancers, and all related people in creative industries.

I soft-launched Portfora in January 2014 as an MVP to get early feedback, which has been positive. There are other sites in this space, most of the current leaders have poor design, but new sites are coming out all the time with better design, which people are attracted to.

Portfora currently has better design than the existing sites, but needs to take another step forward to be better than the new sites coming out.

I'm looking for someone who can produce excellent modern design, that is usable, responsive, clear, and gives a wow first impression of professional design (not corporate). It is a social network and photo hosting site, so both elements are vital to get right. Larger photos will help make a strong impact.
I'd also like to move away from the brown/cream colour scheme (possibly black & white, with a spot colour), so ideas and input on that would be great too.

Ideally the right person would be able to edit existing code to get the new improved design, not just provide PSDs - but strong PSDs with attention to responsive design and UX will be considered.

Have a look at where we currently are, and then examples of what we want to beat:
(in all cases, click to browse through photos)

http://portfora.com/claude - current design
http://kendam.com/retoucher/14937278/svetlana.ivanova - a strong design
http://instagram.com/p/u1RhKvPoSS/ - soon to launch, looks strong

In your reply, I expect the following:
- an introduction - a few lines about yourself, and your specific interest/experience relative to Portfora's required design improvements
- links to your online presences and portfolio
- your rates
- brief outline of what kind of improvements you can immediately suggest


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Published at 15 Nov 2014
Expires on 15 May 2015

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