09 Jan Inside job: Mozilla Ubiquity

You might know Mozilla, creators of the popular Firefox browser, Thunderbird email client, and a lot more. While I’ll be visiting them this month in Mountain View, California, for something I will announce later, I was tasked by Aza Raskin to help the design of Ubiquity’s logo. Ubiquity is a Mozilla Labs experiment into connecting the Web with language in an attempt to find new user interfaces that could make it possible for everyone to do common Web tasks more quickly and easily. A very noble goal!

In true Open-source style, I will be opening up the design process and posting updates on the progress of the logo design as I go along. The deadline is tight! While I have already started sketching concepts, the logo needs to be completed by January 19th. You’ll be able to follow the design as it progresses right here, so enjoy this unique look behind the scenes. Track updates here, and follow my Twitter account for more small updates. Enjoy the show!


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7 Responses

  1. 1

    Thats good news and all the best! ;-) Do keep us updated

  2. 2

    ooh, looking forward to this.

  3. 3

    I am sooo excited you’re doing this!! I can’t wait to see the results!

  4. Hmm, sounds interesting … I’ll be checking back to see the [undoubtedly] awesome updates!

  5. 5
    Fred Mason 

    Awesome. Is this the first time such a prominent logo design will be publicly designed? Great idea either way!

  6. It is very interesting to see this work happen in the open.

    The thing that resonated with me as a user regarding ubiquity is that it simplifies connecting the content of a website with the services I care about. It is an elegant solution to the disconnected problem.

    The other neat thing is the language driven interface, which make it very natural, almost human.

    Based on those two things, may be the icon should be one of a “concierge”/”assistant” which helps you get things done.

    Good luck. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.


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