Calling all web designers … RFQ for theme development issued

This post was written by Darcy Katzman on September 8, 2009
Posted Under: Marketing Announcements,The Deep Web

We have been inspired by the CSS Zen Garden (, and have asked ourselves, “Could this apply in a way to make deep web research more productive and interesting?”

We are therefore excited to announce that we are seeking the services of four (4) web designers (firms or individuals) to construct the CSS and graphic files for a theme for our upcoming Software-as-a-Service based federated search product.

To this effort, we have issued a Request-for-Quote (RFQ), which is available here.

The response deadline is noon (MST), September 15th, 2009, and we will pick four from the available group of responses by September 16th. We want the project to begin as soon as possible, with a deadline for completion of the project by October 16th, 2009.

It’s very important to us to have four (4) great-looking themes by October 16th. We have included a contest within our RFQ, where we will evaluate the themes submitted and award the first-place theme a $2,000 bonus, and the second-place theme a $1,000 bonus. Note: This bonus is only available to those four (4) web designers we have selected from the responses we’ve received to this RFQ.

If you are an outstanding web designer, and have seen some of our websites at,,,, or, and think you can do better, this is your chance to prove it and get paid for it! Download our RFQ, send us a proposal by noon (MST), September 15th, and get a chance to join us in some really fun design efforts!

Our hope is this project will help cement a few relationships for the long-term, so we have at least a couple of outstanding web designers we can send further theme requests to.

Please contact us for more information, or feel free to submit your questions in the form of a comment to this blog article. We intend to funnel all questions and answers here, so all respondents can benefit from the answers we provide to the questions we receive.

Reader Comments

One potential designer asked:

“if our proposal involves a $1000 design charge, and we win, the total will be $3000?

If we don’t win either of the top 2 spots, we still get the $1000 design charge, or whatever we come up with for our proposal?”

Our answer is:

The bonus is not the only remuneration, and is on top of whatever your regular fees are. So, if your fee was $1,000 and our employees judged your design the best, you’d get a total of $3,000 (Original fee of $1,000, plus the bonus of $2,000). If you weren’t in the top two spots, you’d still get your fee of $1,000.

In other words, if you are selected, you will walk away with at least your fees.

I hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any other questions.


Written By Larry Donahue on September 8th, 2009 @ 10:37 pm

Another potential designer asked:

“It would be easier to give you an accurate estimate if we could see how the html was setup. Is there any way we can see the html code for the pages we will be skinning?

Even a partial html sample would help.

Our answer is:

Indeed, having an HTML sample would be helpful, but we’re sorry, because things are changing very quickly on our end. Whatever we released could look very different within a few days, and we wouldn’t want anyone to rely on it for their proposal.

We will release the HTML, once we’ve selected designers and the project has begun.

Written By Larry Donahue on September 9th, 2009 @ 10:37 pm

What browsers and associated platforms does Deep Web currently test CSS on?

Written By Kerri Korschgen on September 13th, 2009 @ 4:03 pm


We test on a wide-variety of PC-based platforms (not mobile platforms). 7% is about our threshold … anything in use by 7% of the market or more. That currently means the last few versions of IE, Firefox and Safari. I believe we have started testing on Chrome as well.


Written By Larry Donahue on September 14th, 2009 @ 1:34 pm

We’ve looked at our stats, and unfortunately we have about 13% of our users on some of our deep web search portals still running on IE6.

Despite that, we’re going to drop support of IE6. So, CSS designs do not need to be IE6 compliant.


Written By Larry Donahue on September 14th, 2009 @ 4:30 pm

That currently means the last few versions of IE, Firefox and Safari. I believe we have started testing on Chrome as well.

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