[Based on the postings I've been reading here, I'm hoping this isn't
too far offtopic. It's certainly closer to being on-topic than those
crosspost spams... But I guess that's not saying much. --jed]
Strange Horizons Design Contest
Can you create a look? A feel? An atmosphere?
Enter the Strange Horizons Graphic Design Contest!
We're Strange Horizons, and we're looking for someone to create a look
for us -- help design our website! We're looking for a specific feel
that will bring across the attitude and outlook of our speculative
fiction magazine. If you can provide the web design we're looking for,
you'll win $250! And, of course, you will be credited publicly on the
site when it goes up.
Who We Are:
We are a weekly professional online magazine devoted to encouraging and
publishing quality speculative fiction, poetry, artwork and related
nonfiction. We explore both the possible and the impossible. We delve
into human and nonhuman experiences, dreams and reality, the past, the
future, the here-and-now and the otherwhere-and-elsewhen. We present
science fiction and fantasy, from the hard-edged and real to worlds not
What We're Looking For (in Terms of Function):
Your design should be a set of web pages (a working mockup of the
site). It should include any layout and navigation code, a
table-of-contents page, navigation bars, and a sample content page (a
mock story, for instance). Content pages and the table of contents
should contain dummy text in appropriate typefaces. Links should work,
though they can go to dummy pages, containing dummy content. Some
requirements for inclusion (with examples):
1. Modular pages with navigation separated from content (such as a
2. Links to chat, books, feedback, the archive, submission guidelines,
links, and an "about us" section (in a top navigation bar, for
3. Links to articles, fiction, images, poetry, reviews, editorials, and
the home page/table of contents (in a left navigation bar, for
4. A table of contents which includes section headings, listings, and a
NOTE: The design should be compatible to the greatest extent possible
with the full range of browsers and connection speeds.
The ideal design will feature thoughtful use of graphical elements with
a striking look, without taking an excessive time to download on a
standard modem connection. Any design that relies heavily on features
only available on a single brand or version of browser will be
rejected. In the case of elements such as frames, which are supported
by many (but not all) browsers, the design should degrade gracefully,
or provide the page content in an alternate form.
What We're Looking For (in Terms of Form):
Please look at the usual sci-fi magazine website design... and then
come up with something utterly different. We're looking for original,
striking, new and unusual. Form and function must be integrated
seamlessly, design never overwhelming the bones and meat of the
If you think you can provide us with the world -- our world -- please
create and post your submission on a website (free sites are available
at Yahoo! Geocities, Internettrash.com, and Xoom.com). Then send us the
easy to read
The Fiddly Bits:
Submissions must be received by July 31, 2000; entries received after
that date will be ineligible.
You may enter up to 3 designs -- but we'd rather see one really
Please include your name and your email address.
Selection of a winner will be made by the editors; all decisions are
The winning entry becomes the exclusive property of the magazine, and
by entering you agree that we may, if you win, employ your design as
the website for Strange Horizons, with no further obligation to or
permission from you.
Contestants will be notified of results by e-mail on or before August
Thanks for your support, and we look forward to your entries!
Mary Anne Mohanraj, Editor-in-Chief