This is my entry for the OWD March 2006 design contest. The theme is The City, and this design is based on the Indian city of Calcutta, with which I have a love–hate relationship. The photograph at the top is of Howrah Bridge (taken from a moving car, hence the blurred look), and the little one below is of the Victorial Memorial, both famous Calcutta landmarks. Both were taken by me and if you wish to use them along with the design, I'd be very flattered!
How is this design inspired by Calcutta? Well, it's a city of contradictions—with its starkness often clashing with its vibrancy. Which is what the colour scheme shows: boring black on white, but with a dash of red when you least expect it! This design template has been submitted as open source and you are free to use it as you wish. It will be nice if you retained the "Design by Payal Dhar" credit line, though that's totally up to you.
I am a freelance writer and editor, still recovering from the euphoria of having my first book published in January 2006, and also an amateur Web designer. Being relatively new to the field, I am aware my designs are woefully simplistic, but I find the best way to learn is by practice. If needed, you can contact me here.