We'd like a design for the front page (see attached for the current content layout, with no real design). The functionality can be best gleaned by spending 5 minutes on a site like reddit.com or digg.com yourself.
The front page has a few components: at the top left is a logo for us (you do not need to design a logo, but a good-looking quick mockup of one will earn bonus points). The top right is a set of navigational items.
Then, there are links to various sites. We would like each link to take up very little vertical space (we try to fit 20 links or more on a page, the current design is too stretched out vertically). Then there are upvote/downvote buttons; these change color once it's activated.
(Not shown:) On the right hand side, we want to have a box with the top 10 users. This should be in the middle right of the screen.