I've been brewing a little project for myself past 2 months... core elements are nearly complete, and now I'm at a point where I need to decide on the front end design..... which has been my greatest concern since day 1....

I've been fooling around with ideas in PS for few days, but i still cannot come to grips with what I want... whatever I do, all my efforts come out looking like same old same old...

while it's been my intention to differ from 'norm', the fact that it will be a community site keeps forcing me to compromise everything, with each iteration of my designs coming out looking like, well, plain old boring.

since the target audience of the site will be those between 16-20, I think I can be a tad bit more adventurous when it comes to interface design...
can you guys help me out, perhaps throw out a few layout/interface ideas that will work well for a community site?

thnx