Archive | June, 2008

Celebrating 10 Years of Mozilla

This year’s 10th anniversary of Mozilla is a major milestone, and certainly one worth celebrating with some special imagery. I’m a huge fan of the original Mozilla art created by Shepard Fairey way back in 1998, so the opportunity to do something new in that style was just too good to pass up.

So, Tara Shahian and I contacted designer Lee Tom (creator of the Rock Your Firefox artwork and Spread Firefox t-shirt, among other things) and worked with him to create this:

Celebrating 10 Years of Mozilla

Our goal was to create a piece that retained the bold, constructivist graphic style of the original without the “happy worker” Communist imagery that understandably rubbed some in our community the wrong way.

If you’re so inclined, there’s a bigger version that’s more suitable for printing, and Tara created six different sizes of desktop wallpaper. Plans are also in the works for a t-shirt that will be tied to Mozilla Foundation donations…David Boswell will have more details on that soon.

Big thanks are due to Lee and Tara for lending their talents to this, and even bigger thanks are due to the thousands of people around the world who, for the last 10 years, have helped to make Mozilla what it is today. Happy anniversary, everyone!

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Victory

After the beta 5 release, it felt like we needed one final piece of robot artwork to really wrap up the entire Firefox 3 saga…something suitably epic and triumphant. So, in honor of today’s announcement that we have an official release date, I present to you:

Victory

When I initially pitched the idea to Nobox, my concept was something like a triptych (quadtych?) that showed all the previous beta pages. Fortunately, they had the much better idea of combining the existing art with something new and even more grandiose, in the style of the classic Drew Struzan movie posters. From there, we ran with the movie poster concept, right down to the “Rated O for Open Source” tag at the bottom.

Big thanks to Jay, Hector and everyone at Nobox for all the creativity and expertise they’ve brought to this entire process. Finally, here are a few more random notes about the robot and what happens next:

* If you’re a fan of this art, we’ll soon be adding it to the Mozilla Store as a limited edition 18×24″ poster. More details on that to come…
* For a behind-the-scenes look at the early stages of the poster, check out the initial concept sketch.
* Currently the www.firefoxvictory.com URL points to the main Firefox download page, but I have a few ideas for turning it into a more participatory robot-related site. Stay tuned!
* Lastly, here’s a Flickr set of the entire series of Firefox 3 robot art.

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The T-Shirt History of Mozilla

As anyone who’s spent much time around the Mozilla community knows, t-shirts are an incredibly important part of our culture. So, when Mary showed me a stack of classic shirts she’d collected from Mitchell, chofmann, Myk and others, I thought it would be fun to document all the Mozilla t-shirts throughout the years (with a few Netscape ones thrown in for historical context).

After some detective work, here are the 53 shirts I’ve collected so far (arranged in rough chronological order so you can see the progression):
The T-Shirt History of Mozilla

If you want to see them up close, I’ve created a Flickr set of all the images. I’m quite sure that there are plenty of shirts I missed, so if you have one that’s not pictured here please let me know. I’d like this to be as comprehensive as possible.

This is sure to be a constantly evolving thing…I know of at least four new shirts currently in development that will have to be added soon. So, enjoy this little look back through Mozilla history and stay tuned for future updates.

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