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It's Friday the 13th, time for some excitingly scary stuff, like an #SS3 design competition!

SilverStripe Ltd and Bluehouse Group are proud to announce the release of the SilverStripe Theme Contest.

If you are a web designer who is keen to see your design used by thousands of people out there and receive recognition from a high class panel jury, then you should jump on board!

How does that sound? Sweet as!

But how does it work?

  1. You create a fully functioning theme based on SilverStripe 3.0 alpha 2 and submit it to our Facebook application.
  2. You encourage all your friends and family to vote for it.
  3. The jury picks your theme as the winner.
  4. Your theme becomes the new default theme for #SS3. Your name is on the installer and the bottom of the admin interface.
  5. You become famous. (Well, at least in the SilverStripe community!)

If you need help on how to build a theme on #SS3 you can check out @_UncleCheese_’s [Aaron Carlino] screencast, or have a look at what Paul has done so far in terms of themes for #SS3.

Who are the judges?

Tom Coates knows the web and is THE man when it comes to discovering web trends. Tom did product development for Yahoo, BBC Radio & Music Interactive, UpMyStreet.com and TimeOut.com, and has written for publications such as The Guardian. He lives in SF, USA.

Eduardo Cesario is a graphic designer, photographer and professor from Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2005, he founded his own independent project, Criatura Creativa Studio. He has built numerous websites and themes on SilverStripe and has an extensive experience with the CMS.

Brice Dunwoodie is the founder and CEO of Simpler Media Group, Inc., the publisher of the popular CMSWire.com web magazine.

Josh Turner is currently the Art Director at Bluehouse Group in Richmond Vermont, USA. Josh has been working in web/interactive design for over 10 years.

Felipe Skroski is the Creative Director at SilverStripe Ltd and makes sure that only the best design comes from the house of SilverStripe. Felipe started working with the internet in 1997 at the graphic design university in Curitiba, Brazil. 

What’s the story behind our connection with Bluehouse Group?

At the CMS Expo in Chicago in April last year, Sigurd Magnusson and I met with Aaron Carlino, who works for the web agency Bluehouse Group.

While talking about community involvement for #SS3, Aaron had the idea of setting up a Theme Contest. Great idea, we thought. Let’s go for it! Bluehouse Group works very professionaly and we value their work.

"As a designer, I look for a syntax that jives with the presentational markup I am already familiar with, and Silverstripe has that. We thought other firms and designers should know about this too, so a theme competition seemed the most fitting way to promote it".

So there you have it. Be in to create and vote for the next default theme for #SS3. This is your time to shine with the support of field experts and the SilverStripe community!