The http://www.mozilla.org redesign project started three months ago with the goal of bringing personality back to the site. I think that’s exactly what has happened and I wanted to thank everyone who gave us feedback during the process and Happy Cog for refining their design ideas based on the community’s input.
The responses we’ve received about the third round of designs have shown that some tweaking is still needed, but overall people are saying that the look of the site is right for our community. I definitely agree—the new design feels like Mozilla to me.
Considering this, we’re wrapping up the design phase and are now working on updating the site with the new look. If you have experience with HTML, CSS, PHP or general web site stuff, we’d love your help (post here if you’d like to help and I’ll get in touch).
Looking back, it’s really validating to see how well the open design process worked. Getting ongoing feedback from people who care about and use the site resulted in a better design than a more traditional process would have. I’m very curious to watch other sites outside of the Mozilla community be designed in this way to see how this works in other situations.