Firefox 4 home tab design challenge, winner announced

Mozilla has announced the winner for its home tab design challenge, where users get a chance to make a concept design of what the new opening tab will look like.  Mozilla asked the community to submit their concept designs, and after more than 3,000 votes, they are ready to announce the winner, and his design.

The winner, Yatrik Solanki, describes his concept images as “Identities, a website launcher, browsing sessions, and a task-oriented ultrasmart search box define my concept. And it’s cool!.”

The design includes a search bar, so users can search some of the top sites, rather than just Google.  The home page includes a launcher for recently visited websites and favourites.  The concept also includes login history, so users can see which of their favourite sites they are logged in to, or if the page requires login information.

The winning design may not reflect the final UI when Firefox 4 ships, but gives us a good idea what Mozilla is looking for in their new home tab design.

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TsarNikky said,
Where is the "File Edit View..." toolbar? I should not have to have to click and click to get these functions. Let us not forget...a certain amount of "operational action buttons/choices" around the periphery of the main window is a good thing.

I can't imagine these things aren't going to be there... Keep in mind that this wasn't an overall UI competition, but a design competition for the home tab... So, your concern doesn't have anything to do with this competition...

Hate it. Looks cluttered, unfocussed, and I have no idea what it's trying to present to me. It'll be one of the first things to go when I get FF4.

Slugsie said,
Hate it. Looks cluttered, unfocussed, and I have no idea what it's trying to present to me. It'll be one of the first things to go when I get FF4.
It's a contest winner. It is NOT an official mockup.

Edited by Kirkburn, Mar 3 2010, 12:31am :

Slugsie said,
Hate it. Looks cluttered, unfocussed, and I have no idea what it's trying to present to me. It'll be one of the first things to go when I get FF4.

Well, it LOOKS like it's presenting commonly visited sites and such... I might be crazy...

Kirkburn said,
It's a contest winner. It is NOT an official mockup.

I know, but given it was a contest run by Mozilla, and it's on their site it's a safe bet that the intention was to get some ideas.

M_Lyons10 said,

Well, it LOOKS like it's presenting commonly visited sites and such... I might be crazy...

Well, I have my commonly visited sites automatically open in tabs when I open the browser. I might be crazy, but that works how I want it to.

@Lepton: Pretty sure it's just a UI concept. Obviously they aren't going to omit the navigation toolbar; otherwise, I'm sure they'd lose a nice fat chunk of their user base.

I find all of the Chrome and Opera copy comments rather amusing. I think people are forgetting that neither Opera or Firefox were original with the button on the top left. Last I checked, that first appeared in Microsoft Office 2010. As for the speed dial, I don't see people complaining about Google Chrome's implementation of it.

As a predominant Firefox user since the pre-1.0 days, I can honestly say that no browser is best for everything. While Firefox is dominant in the area of extensions, it's not so great in areas of memory usage and lacks multi-process browsing. Chrome on the other hand appears to be improving in the area of extensions, but has yet to see anything truly impressive. Perhaps that will change soon.

I can't speak for Opera because I haven't used it at all lately.

Maybe someone at Neowin could edit the article above just to make it even more clear that this is a home/new tab design not browser design.

Mike Chipshop said,
Maybe someone at Neowin could edit the article above just to make it even more clear that this is a home/new tab design not browser design.

Yeah, you would think a title like "Firefox 4 HOME TAB design challenge, winner announced" would have been enough, but I guess not...

If anything, this discussion has proven how few people that comment on the articles actually READ the articles...

M_Lyons10 said,

Yeah, you would think a title like "Firefox 4 HOME TAB design challenge, winner announced" would have been enough, but I guess not...

If anything, this discussion has proven how few people that comment on the articles actually READ the articles...

Exactly, i myself didn't have trouble but many it seems did.

Sewje said,
lmao, its practically opera 10.5

Except with market share!

Not to mention the add ons system, which is a rather big deal IMO...

m-p{3} said,
Hmm, just wondering, but where would you type an URL?

That's not the UI completely. Read the topic. :P

"The winning design may not reflect the final UI when Firefox 4 ships, but gives us a good idea what Mozilla is looking for in their new home tab design."

Go here if you want to see the design:

https://wiki.mozilla.org/Firefox/4.0_Windows_Theme_Mockups

first time seeing mozilla incorporating this type of high end design. Really Cool.
better stick with it as Opera and Chrome has better design.

Shiranui said,
If Firefox 4 doesn't have an ie-tab-like feature built in, then they might as well not bother.

I don't see why that's needed, considering there is add-on for that.

Shiranui said,
If Firefox 4 doesn't have an ie-tab-like feature built in, then they might as well not bother.

What kind of feature? Tabs below address-bar? that is an optional design which user CAN choose without addons.
Or u are talking colours in tabs? Ah , that can be achieved only by addons or userstyles.

So is Chrome still the only browser which has the tabs in the title bar at the very top of the window, without it every other browser is going to be space inefficient by comparison.

mad_onion said,
So is Chrome still the only browser which has the tabs in the title bar at the very top of the window, without it every other browser is going to be space inefficient by comparison.

Chrome had a very innovative idea of tabs on top , and Safari 4 Beta (Not final), Opera and now Firefox seem to copy it, but then what is wrong with it? Opera was first to bring tabs , Firefox to bring so many addons and i guess better popup system too. IE brought process separation and Safari brought,, ? ,, will tell after recalling :D

Edited by bogas04, Mar 3 2010, 3:19pm :

I hope they don't cripple the bookmark system like Chrome's. I'd use chrome if the bookmark bark could be made into a button and placed where I want it (on the left) like I can with Opera 10.5. Firefox's button acts like a sidebar which I don't like, I want a drop down menu as in the way it currently works (bookmarks).

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