August 15, 2003

Built for the Redesign

Bob Sawyer has started Built for the Future. He saw it as a place to promote forward-thinking design skills, and to showcase websites. Indeed, it does have a little list of nice CSS-based sites. But as early as the second post he started off in a direction that I think might gain him a lot of attention: he started a contest to redesign Jakob Nielsen’s site, useit.com.

Jakob’s site has often been the butt of many jokes, because it seems to break many of his own rules. Plus, nobody can seem to get over the fact of how ugly it is. So this contest, much like the one that reworked the W3C homepage, is meant to sic designers on the task of redoing Jakob’s site, making it pleasing to the eye, and making it easier to use. Jakob’s given the contest his blessing, but also said that he won’t actually use any of the entries. Supposedly he wants to fold useit.com into the nn/group template someday.

I might get around to entering the contest if I can find the time, just for fun. I’m sure than most of the entries will blow mine away, though. I’m looking forward to seeing them!

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