Mozilla Labs Design Challenge: and the winners are…

Finally… the results are in. After a few months the Mozilla Design Challenge Summer 09 has come to an end. A total of 128 concepts were send in, which we (Mozilla, IxDA and Johnny) judged on four different categories: innovation, execution, interaction and producible. Let’s see what concepts won.

The judging of the concepts was done in two steps. First the entire team of judges went through a selection of the concepts (33% per person). Everybody rated the concepts individually on the four different categories. After this the (+-) top 10 concepts of each category was picked out. Each judge had to rate them from 1 to 10, related to the category that the concept was in. This resulted in the winners below, best of their own category (eg: so the best producable isn’t necessarily very innovative). But I must say that there are more good concepts beside these winners, so you must definitely also check the honorable mentions on the Mozilla Labs Challenge site.

Best in class: innovation

TabViz by Liz Blankenship, Jakob Hilden & Kerry Kao

Best in Class: Execution

Collapsible Tab Groups by Martin Polley

Best in Class: Interaction

Wave Concept by Darby Thomas, Danielle Kanastab & Alex Mattice

Best in class: producible

Favitabs by by Grady Kelly

People’s choice award

Cubezilla by Grady Kelly

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.

3 comments on this article

  1. Emko on

    My fave is the Collapsible Tab Groups by Martin Polley, proven useful pattern in Photoshop (layer groups). Would definetely use it in Firefox!

  2. It’s fascinating to think about the range of frameworks for managing information—subject, chronology, importance, etc.—and what each says about the different ways people think and prioritize. There’s a fundamental conundrum here—the need to build greater degrees of plasticity into digital tools. This collection of responses is a nice example of the effort to grapple with this challenge.

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