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Contest: Sidebar Redux

From the nice folks who brought you “The Old Tech­nol­o­gy Give­away” (me) comes a new con­test, with use­ful prizes!

Pre­sent­ing: Side­bar Redesign

Objec­tives: Redesign and enhance the side­bar for this site (Super­flu­ous­Ban­ter), in keep­ing with the exist­ing look and feel.

Prizes: The Grand Prize win­ner will receive 10 Type­Pad 20% Life­time Dis­count codes, as well as your name cred­it­ed in the “About” page of this site, a link to your site in the “Exter­nal” col­umn, and a cred­it in this site’s source. First Run­ner Up and Sec­ond Run­ner Up will each receive 5 Type­Pad 20% Life­time Dis­count codes.

Require­ments: If you plan to sub­mit a work­ing demo, it should val­i­date as XHTML 1.0 (Tran­si­tion­al or Strict), and the CSS should val­i­date and work prop­er­ly in the fol­low­ing browsers: IE5/Mac, IE6/PC, Mozil­la (and relat­ed browsers), Safari. All designs must work well in the 3 dif­fer­ent col­or schemes of this site. Things I’d like are a recent com­ments list and a “cur­rent­ly enjoy­ing” link list, but those are just ideas. Feel free to come up with ideas for its con­tent as well (this is also an oppor­tu­ni­ty to shape a small part of the reg­u­lar con­tent of this site). Do not feel oblig­at­ed to fit your design into the cur­rent side­bar dimen­sions: there is no restric­tion on size, but it should fit visu­al­ly with the rest of the site design and layout.

Sub­mis­sions: Post a link to your entry in the Com­ments of this post, in one of the fol­low­ing for­mats: JPG, GIF, PNG, PSD, or an actu­al work­ing demo of your design.

Dead­line: The Type­Pad 20% Life­time Dis­count codes expire Novem­ber 30th, 2003, so we will receive entries through 11:59pm EST on August 31th, 2003. The win­ners will be announced on or before Sep­tem­ber 30th, 2003. This will give the win­ners enough time to fig­ure out how they will use their spoils.

More prizes may be added before the con­test is over, and I’m cer­tain­ly open to dona­tions to the prize pool.

Ques­tions? Email me.

This item was posted by Dan Rubin on Wednesday, August 13th, 2003.

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6 comments on “Contest: Sidebar Redux”

  1. Posted by vlad on Thursday, August 14th, 2003.

    i actu­al­ly like the side­bar right now. it’s unclut­tered and dis­plays all the infor­ma­tion it needs to. on the oth­er hand it’d be inter­est­ing to see what oth­ers can do with it…

  2. Posted by Dan R. on Friday, August 15th, 2003.

    Thanks for say­ing so Vlad — I have con­sid­ered that as a rea­son I’ve not been able to come up with any­thing I like bet­ter, but I can’t help think­ing that it might just be that I’ve run out of inspiration ;-)

    I’m very inter­est­ed to see what might come of this, and I hope the word starts to spread soon!

  3. Posted by Kjell on Friday, August 29th, 2003.

    Click my name to see the entry I came up with for the side­bar con­test — I got kin­da swamped right in the mid­dle and fin­ished it with only a few visu­al orna­men­ta­tions, but spent more of my time engi­neer­ing a MT back­end to the whole thing, so do you use MT? It also uses php, and so if you don’t use either of those you are out of luck with the linkblog. But I just changed the col­ors slight­ly, added some sep­a­ra­tion (gam­ma issues with mac vs pc mon­i­tors tweak the side­bar slight­ly depending).

    But on the design issue I though it would look best real­ly sim­ple, so I did­n’t change it much. I axed the gray back­ground col­or and added some bor­ders to the sides basi­cal­ly. I was debat­ing keep­ing the gray back­ground and mak­ing the bor­ders match the users cho­sen stylesheet, but nev­er got to it.

  4. Posted by Hadley on Saturday, August 30th, 2003.

    Hi! I’ve had a bit of a go (just so you have more than one entry :) But it’s far too late and I’m not in a very inspired mode. I’ve come up with a 

    cou­ple of ideas (much more evo­lu­tion­ary than rev­o­lu­tion­ary). I’m not very sat­is­fied with it, but I hope it might spark some inspi­ra­tion for you! I think my favourite thing is includ­ing books and music in the cur­rent­ly enjoy­ing section.

    I’ve got the html and css I used to gen­er­ate them, but its all a bit of a mess, and I’d be more than hap­py to email it to you.

    Hadley

  5. Posted by Brad Smith on Sunday, August 31st, 2003.

    Here’s my lit­tle shot at the side­bar design. It is more evo­lu­tion­ary than any­thing, and things could be rearranged as nec­es­sary. It’s not a full demo (as in you can’t eas­i­ly click around the demo), but you can get the idea.

  6. Posted by Dan on Monday, September 1st, 2003.

    Thanks to every­one who sub­mit­ted a design — the way it worked out, all three of you will receive a prize (Grand Prize, 1st and 2nd run­ners-up) which means that in this con­test, every­one is tru­ly a winner.

    As I just returned from my long week­end in Tam­pa (sun, fun, singing, drink­ing, up till 9am this morn­ing, etc.) I will review the sub­mis­sions and post the results tomor­row. Each of you will be noti­fied per­son­al­ly via email, and I’ll include your Type­Pad dis­count codes along with your final ranking.

    Thanks for par­tic­i­pat­ing — this has been a fun experiment! :-)