I have been working on a new design for my cocktail recipes site for about 2 months now. The company I selected to do the design were 2 pixel solutions (based in India) who I found through elance. You can see the results of the redesign below.
I have been really pleased with working with the 2 pixel team. They were really good in making the changes I asked for and simplified the design extremely well. I would highly recommend anyone using elance to ask for an outline mock up of the design a company is thinking of creating ahead of time for your site. I certainly benefitted from that.
Having launched the site yesterday I took a look at the very early results and am over the moon. All the visitor level metrics are looking great. Visitors are spending nearly 25% longer on the site and viewing 30-40% more pages on each visit. I also found a number of features that were broken as I recoded the site (and honestly broke some more myself) so I have some fixing to do but bottom line the new site ROCKS :) and my users (most importantly) seem to love it.
For the rest of today I am working on getting my facebook application up and running again.