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20 July 2009, 15:49

Mozilla awards best new Tab ideas

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In their recent Mozilla Labs "Design Challenge Summer 09" competition, Mozilla posed the question – "How can we create, navigate and manage multiple web sites within the same browser instance?". Out of the 128 submitted concepts, four "Best in Class" honors were chosen and a "People's Choice" award was bestowed. The peoples choice award went to Faber Ludens for his CubeZilla concept, in which sites can be arranged into equal segments on each face of a cube and rotated, in a similar way to a Rubik's Cube.

The award for innovation for the newest and most original interaction model was given to Liz Blankenship, Jakob Hilden and Kerry Kao for their TabViz concept which displays tabs radially from the bottom left corner of the browser. Martin Polley was presented with the award for execution with his "Collapsible Tab Groups" entry that stacks tabs vertically in groups on the left side of the browser.

Darby Thomas, Danielle Kanastab and Alex Mattice won the interaction award for "the best human-computer-interaction model" with their Wave Concept. Their concept scales image previews of the tabs by name, time or domain name. The "FaviTabs!" concept from Grady Kelly was voted to be the most producible, meaning that it would be the easiest to ship to users immediately, by the panel of nine judges from IxDA, Johnny Holland and Mozilla. Kelly's submission manages pages using their Favicons with a click-able border and features Drawers to organise and save groups of tabs quickly.

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