we’re going to move some sand

sandbox design competition

I’m hoping this’ll be as successful as last year’s Style Contest, and that Automattic will be as generous with their support as Six Apart were with theirs. (Matt has already thrown in $500 prize money, which is a good start, but a little linkage wouldn’t hurt.) I’m not worried about the two-month deadline from a design point of view, but it may be a little short notice to get top-quality judges and sponsors in place. Judging and adminstrating these things is a lot of work.

Potentially, this could be a real boost to takeup of the custom CSS option on wordpress.com, which so far has been mostly limited to people already proficient in CSS and those who know enough to make minor tweaks to a theme they’re otherwise happy with. There’s no intrinsic reason why this should be so. After all, not everyone who installs a wordpress theme is familiar with XHTML and PHP.

The GPL requirement does limit what we can use to create our styles (no stock photography, icons, brushes etc.) and I don’t see the necessity for it since, as adam points out, not even the most rabid free beer fundamentalists can seriously argue that CSS for WP needs to be GPL. If I’m not allowed to touch PHP I can’t insert the required links anyway, though, so this is pretty much moot. Anyway, it’s more of a challenge having to make everything from scratch. Time to dig out the camera again.

(x-posted to ntu @ wordpress.com)

7 Comments »

  1. adam said

    hmmm… i’d agree that (most) stock photos and CC icons can’t be used, but i’m not sure i’m on board with brushes. naturally it’s a very fuzzy distinction, since if you just use a brush by itself, you’re essentially lifting someone else’s photo/drawing/whathaveyou. and of course, some licenses are explicit about credits, which would make them GPL incompatible. and of course, some stock photos have licenses that are the equivalent of “do what the fuck you want to”.

  2. Root said

    Hallelujah!!. At last. A style comp which is not based on a borked template. This could be fun.

  3. Scott said

    It will be fun. And I’m glad that it’s passed the Wank litmus test.😉

    Securing judges will be the next bit of work, but I’ve hopefully set forth a reasonable judging policy that should make it a pretty straight-forward process. A judge will only need to volunteer a couple half days, depending on the volume of entries. And they get link love and exposure.

    The reason for the GNU GPL is, well, that way around these parts. Regardless of which license, for a design competition of this nature settling on one license does provide 100% clarity on where the end user stands with the designs. And like I said, around these parts ….😛

  4. AJ said

    I’m completely in agreement with you. Sandbox is an awesome platform but it’s being a restrictive GPL does reduce something from it IMO.

    Can you explain a little more on your statement The GPL requirement does limit what we can use to create our styles (no stock photography, icons, brushes etc.

    Why can stock pics, icons etc be used if Sandbox is GPL?

  5. timethief said

    I
    m really looking forward to see the creativity flow.

  6. drmike said

    Oh that’s nice. You would have thought that after spamming the forums, someone would have mentioned it there. Oh well….

  7. […] (participants of the competitions in 2006 will roll their eyes and would include me).” wank: “I’m hoping this’ll be as successful as last year’s Style Contest, and that Automattic […]

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