We've had Elemental in various forms for around 4 years, and has been built from a bespoke CMS for one client into a generic CMS. Emphasis is on the simplicity of getting content to live. At the moment, the design is almost non-existent, with a text based menu system, and uses a tab system for breadcrumbs - left tab is home, middle tab is either current page or previous page, and if a third level the right hand tab is the current page. This works well, and happy to continue this, however happy also to drop this if a better idea comes along. Would also like the design to lend well to future mobile integration - minimalistic is the key, with plenty of whitespace. I will need a Control Panel Home design, plus an example of a second and third level page, however content on those pages is not so important (that will flow from the CMS workflow). I have a good eye for design and what works well, I just don't have the creativity to come up with it in the first place - that is where you come in!
I am very acoomodating to design ideas, and have been told I'm very easy to work with. I have a strong idea of what I like, but also am good at deferring to experts where a good case is put for it's inclusion. There is a good chance there will be ongoing work from this, coming up with new icons when required etc, and am happy to pay for good quality - not after the cheapest solution.
I have adapted my internal Functional Spec to become a more detailed design brief - there are several parts in there not overly relevant to the design process, but have left them in in case they prove useful. More than happy obviously to answer any questions at all. Link to design brief