Archive | November, 2009

Happy Birthday Firefox!

On this date in 2004, Firefox was released to an online world that was extremely different from the one we know today. There was no YouTube, no Twitter, no Facebook (at least not in its current form)…it was all very Web 1.0. Things like pop-ups and viruses were accepted facts of life, and the notion of expecting a new browser to challenge the monopolistic IE was the definition of absurd.

We’re all familiar with what happened next, of course, but that doesn’t make it any less incredible or inspirational. It’s a truly amazing story, and I am beyond honored to be even a small part of it.

At the heart of all this – even when you strip away the amazing technological advancements and features that really have changed the way people use the web – is a social movement comprised of people from around the world with the common interest of making things better. That’s a pretty powerful force, and makes me very optimistic about what we’ll accomplish together over the next five years.

With all that in mind, we created a short video to sum up what Firefox really is and why it matters. Check it out (and share it with your friends!), then head over to our Five Years of Firefox microsite to see all the other community festivities. Happy birthday!

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“Firefox Goes Mobile” Winner Announced, Plus a New Design Challenge!

*Crossposted from the Mozilla Blog*

The results from the Mozilla Creative Collective’s “Firefox Goes Mobile” design challenge are in, and I’m happy to announce that the winner is “Pocketfox”, by Yaroslaff Chekunov. As the official emblem of the upcoming mobile version of Firefox, we’ll be using this image as an avatar on social networking sites, on mozilla.com, on t-shirts and more. It makes a great addition to our portfolio of Firefox imagery!

Yaroslaff, who is based in Krasnodar, Russia, cites as his design inspiration, “the Firefox itself, your approach to the web-site execution, and of course my wife who always brings up new ideas.” Be sure to check out his other Mozilla work as well as his general portfolio.

The four runners-up in the challenge were Mauro Henrique de Bulhões Fidelix’s “Hot Navigation”, Emmanuel John Y. Villar’s “One Mask One Family One World”, Joyce Schellekens’ “Firefox All Around the World” and Eric Yeoung’s “MobiFox”. Interestingly, these designers all hail from different countries (Brazil, the Philippines, the Netherlands and Indonesia), which speaks to the incredible diversity of our community. Many thanks to them, and to everyone else who participated, for sharing their time and talents with Mozilla.

We’ve also launched a new challenge at the Creative Collective: “Five Years of Firefox”. Help us celebrate Firefox’s 5th birthday by creating designs based on this milestone. The possibilities are practically endless, but should generally focus on recognizing what a great accomplishment this is for the Mozilla community and what it’s meant for the hundreds of millions of people who use Firefox. The winner will be featured on this blog, turned into desktop wallpaper and t-shirts, and more.

The submission period for “Five Years of Firefox” ends on December 9th, but don’t wait to get started. Visit the design challenge page for more details, and we can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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