Mozilla Labs Design Challenge: +120 concepts submitted

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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: Tree

Concept: TabViz

Concept: Semantic Browsing

Concept: Each one on its own square

Jeroen van Geel

Jeroen van Geel is founder/chief kahuna of Johnny Holland and the interaction director at Fabrique [brands, design & interaction], a Dutch multidisciplinary design agency. You can follow him on Twitter via @jeroenvangeel.

6 comments on this article

  1. xylpho on

    Totally agree… so sad you didn’t choose our design for your article ;)
    Keep up the good work

  2. mcardoso on

    My reward will be hearing from you guys. Im excited to get your feedback and learn with it (-:

  3. I’m curious how necessary people think the video presentations are. I usually skipped the presentations and went straight to the mockup because it was much faster and I felt could pretty much get the overall idea (and if it was successful) from the mockups with all the exposition in a presentation.

  4. I think that this challenge is focus on people who are students or have different backgrounds, so..not everybody have the skills to make a good mockup that could explain the concept. The last design challenge was about making mockups for the first phase (and its description), but for the second phase, a prototype was necessary. So.. not everybody have the skills to make a prototype either. I think that video presentation was a good choice. ;)

  5. @xylpho: sorry… they were chosen at random

    @mcardoso: And I’m excited to see what the best concept will be. Tomorrow we’ll be judging the top contenders.

    @maureenhanratty: The videos are a great and easy way to sell your idea/concept. It’s not always just about the mockup, but also about how you came to the result and how you sell it. In a video this all comes together.

    @eugenia: It’s great to see the number of countries and the totally different backgrounds all the contenders have. And what I love even more is the enthusiasm with which everybody jumped into the challenge and submitted a movie.

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