Design Challenge: Summer '09 - Mozilla Labs + IxDA + Johnny Holland

14 May 2009 - 12:06pm
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Janna DeVylder
2006

IxDA is excited to announce the opening of the Summer '09 Design Challenge,
being conducted in cooperation with Mozilla Labs and Johnny Holland. We hope
to see entries from across the IxDA community in this interesting
competition!

For this Design Challenge we are focusing on finding creative solutions to
the question: *"Reinventing Tabs in the Browser - How can we create,
navigate and manage multiple web sites within the same browser instance?"*

http://design-challenge.mozilla.com/summer09/

Following is the official announcement from Mozilla Labs.

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Design Challenge: Summer 09 - together with IxDA and Johnny Holland

After a successful inaugural Design Challenge in Spring ‘09 - more than 50
students from all around the world participated and submitted nearly 20
prototypes - we are happy to announce the next Design Challenge today.

In collaboration with IxDA, a network dedicated to the professional practice
of Interaction Design and Johnny Holland, an open collective talking,
sharing and finding answers about all aspects of interaction design, we once
again invite designers, students and design-focused people from all around
the world to develop new ideas & mockups for the future of the Web.
About the Design Challenge

The Design Challenge is a series of events to encourage innovation, and
experimentation in user interface design for the Web. Our aim is to provoke
thought, facilitate discussion, and inspire future design directions for
Firefox, the Mozilla project, and the Open Web as a whole.

For this Design Challenge we are focusing on finding creative solutions to
the question: “Reinventing Tabs in the Browser - How can we create, navigate
and manage multiple web sites within the same browser instance?”

Tabs worked well on slow machines on a thin Internet, where ten browser
sessions were “many browser sessions”. Today, 20+ parallel sessions are
quite common; the browser is more of an operating system than a data display
application; we use it to manage the web as a shared hard drive.

However, if you have more than seven or eight tabs open they become pretty
much useless. And tabs don’t work well if you use them with heterogeneous
information. They’re a good solution to keep the screen tidy for the moment.
And that’s just what they should continue doing.
How it works

To participate in the Design Challenge you need to create a mockup of your
proposed solution. A mockup can be anything from a napkin drawing, to a
wireframe, to a polished graphic.

You also need to create a video explaining your idea(s), presenting the
mockup and showing how your idea works.

To register your entry: Upload your mockup and your video to a website such
as Flickr, Vimeo or YouTube and tag it with “mozconcept”. Send us an email
to conceptseries at mozilla.com with links to both your mockup and your video.
(To facilitate the free exchange of ideas, all content and contributions
will be licensed under appropriate open source licenses.)

During the Design Challenge you can discuss your ideas with fellow designers
on the Mozilla Concept Series forum (
http://groups.google.com/group/mozilla-labs-concept-series). To inspire and
help you during the challenge, Johnny Holland (www.johnnyholland.org) will
post articles with background information on their website throughout the
challenge.

All submissions will be presented on the Design Challenge website and honors
for “Best in Class” in the categories Innovation, Execution, Interaction,
Producible plus a People’s Choice Award will be bestowed.

You find all the details on the Design Challenge website.
Important Dates

* May 14th, 2009 - Launch of Design Challenge: Summer 09
* June 21st, 2009 - Submission deadline for mockups & videos
* July 8th, 2009 - Announcement of “Best in Class” and “People’s Choice”
selection

Getting Involved

If you’re interested in participating, please do join us in the Concept
Series discussion forums. Also follow us on Twitter: @mozconcept, @ixda and
@johnnyholland.

You’ll find more information on how to participate on our Design Challenge
website.

If your school/university is interested in participating, please contact us
directly at conceptseries at mozilla.com.

Comments

17 May 2009 - 2:54pm
Janna DeVylder
2006

Are you participating? Let everyone know!

We are asking everyone who enters to keep track of their process, so that we
can see what led to those entries deemed Best in Class. This is a great way
to see what emerges from all the communities involved.

We are looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

Janna

On Thu, May 14, 2009 at 1:06 PM, Janna Hicks DeVylder <janna at devylder.com>wrote:

> IxDA is excited to announce the opening of the Summer '09 Design Challenge,
> being conducted in cooperation with Mozilla Labs and Johnny Holland. We hope
> to see entries from across the IxDA community in this interesting
> competition!
>
> For this Design Challenge we are focusing on finding creative solutions to
> the question: *"Reinventing Tabs in the Browser - How can we create,
> navigate and manage multiple web sites within the same browser instance?"*
>
> http://design-challenge.mozilla.com/summer09/
>
>
>

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