IMPORTANT: Proficient English speakers are preferred, but doesn't have to be U.S. (I only speak English well and if we can't understand each other, we're not going to be able to work together very well)
There are two parts to this project: the creation of a website design, and potential ongoing work for the right designer.
For the first part, I am looking to create a website for a website development company I am starting (and, yes, I am aware of the irony in that). I have not decided on a final name yet, but the website design should convey the sense that we are skilled craftsmen, committed to quality for our clients. Imagery, branding, etc. would be discussed and decided, wireframes, etc. then a formal contract would be drafted for the actual work. I'm thinking at a minimum the site would need to have an About Us page and a Quote form. I am capable of taking a PSD, but I am more interested in designers that can deliver HTML and CSS static prototypes. If you happen to have PHP or JS skills that is definitely a plus.
Secondly, I am looking for a talented website designer for this same business, to partner with me. This part is not essential, as I understand it is a very different undertaking from a single project, but wish to consider candidates here before casting a wider net.
I am an experienced backend developer myself and am looking for the right individual to pair with to create a successful business profitable to both of us. I am adept at handling business logistics (having worked on several), CSS, HTML, JS, PHP, etc. but I simply do not possess the finesse and skillset for creating professional-quality, beautiful websites. That's where the right designer comes in.
The first part, mentioned above, would be is for showcasing our business to potential clients. The creation of this website would also be a chance to gauge your skills at design.
This business is still in its infancy, and right now is little more than an idea. This is, in part, because I would like to work with the chosen designer as a partner, to come up with a name, pricing structure, etc. with all profit to be split 50/50. I am capable of handling the creation of the business plan, the advertising strategy, etc. but as we'd be partners, of course, it'd be a joint venture. The main thing I'd be looking for you to is your skills and talent as a designer. I am only interested in partners that would be committed to excellence and quality. Actual time availability is not as important as I, too, only have limited availability, since I'm trying to start this business while still working full-time as a software developer.
Please let me know if any questions.