I am looking for a website designer to partner with on an ongoing basis. We are a web software development company so we are NOT looking for someone with programming skills such as PHP or Ruby. Please ignore budget.
The idea is to work with someone experienced in template designs for shopping cart systems such as OS Commerce, OpenCart, etc. We are going to put together several packages for customers so it is very important to be able to provide a fixed price for each design - within reason, if the client keeps changing his mind then of course we will look at charging extra. We are also interested in standalone or CMS driven websites.
The person should have very strong graphic design skills - i.e. making a site look really good - and not afraid of CSS, XHTML etc.
This would suit someone based in Europe or the US with strong ENGLISH language skills - possibly a freelance web designer, a student, or someone employed looking for some work on the side. This is not a full time position, more likely to be some work once or twice a month initially. We are NOT INTERESTED in agencies or companies. An existing portfolio or example sites would be a big plus. We are interested in a long term relationship rather than a once off. In fact we don't have anything right now.
Please respond with samples of work and also an hourly rate, and an indication of what you would charge for a template for say OS Commerce and your approach. Also how you charge for standalone websites.