Although this was one of my first site design, the clients goal for this project was to brand and design a SharePoint intranet page. After much planning and designing around what the company would utilize on a home page, I used SharePoint Designer to create a professional design that didn't feel SharePointish.
Another goal of the project for me was to create a page that, in retail terms, would become a "one stop shop" for all employees. This included all major links that were accessed daily, employee directory, company news carousel, and other requested items.
With a little HTML, CSS, and jQuery, I was able to create use SharePoint Designer to build out a custom web page that seamlessly connected with all department team sites!