The first Firefox 4 beta was released two days ago – a big milestone for both Mozilla and the web in general. So, to commemorate the occasion we’ve started a new series of first run page illustrations in the same vein as the Firefox 3 robot saga from a couple of years ago.
Because the beta process is really all about people in our worldwide community working together to build a better product (there are a few different ways you can help by providing feedback while you browse), the illustration is meant to represent that collaborative, innovative spirit. I’ll leave the specifics a mystery for now, but it seems as if it’s taking place in some sort of futuristic biosphere. The initial artwork for beta 1 is only the first in a series, so keep downloading those betas as they’re released to watch the story unfold!
The artwork is inspired by the work of 20th century futurists like Klaus Bürgle…as a kid, I was always fascinated by drawings of futuristic cities like this, so it’s fun to see a Mozilla version taking shape. The illustration itself was done by the very talented Steven Olds, with additional guidance and ideation from Tim Hogan and our friends at the Royal Order. Big thanks to those guys.
Lastly, if you’d like to see a big version of the artwork without the text and other design elements on top, I’ve got one in my Flickr account: check it out.