For the past weeks people all over the world have been sweating behind their computers. They weren’t just hot because of the weather, but because they dared to take on the Mozilla Labs challenge. People tried to come up with the best possible way to manage multiple web sites within the same browser instance. In the end more than 120 concepts were submitted… Let’s look at a few of them.
The exact challenge Mozilla Labs, together with IxDA and us, formulated was as follows: “Reinventing Tabs in the Browser – How can we create, navigate and manage multiple web sites within the same browser instance?”
We (and I may also speak for Mozilla & IxDA) are really proud of the fact that so many people took on the challenge and submitted a video with their solution (Yay). Right now the jury (me included) are working our way through them all, trying to see what brilliance was created. It is interesting to see how different the concepts are, but also how people present them. Some show recorded Powerpoint sessions, others talk us through while playing loud music and there were even some paper prototypes. It’s fun to see how some are really able to sell a bad idea, while good ideas are blown away by a unenthusiastic presentation. Reviewing the material so far has led me to two conclusions:
- UX designers need to learn to sell their creations;
- A lot of people need to focus. Stick to one problem and try to solve that first, don’t bring in new challenges or 20 nice but totally unrelated features. Focus. Focus. Focus.
Below are a few of the concepts (random selection), but you should definitely check them all out on the Mozilla Labs Design Challenge: Summer 09 page.
BTW: until July 5th 2009 you can also give your vote for the “People’s Voice” award.
Concept: Semantic Browsing
Concept: Each one on its own square