The SS Theme Contest: Your opportunity to design the default theme for SilverStripe 3.0

Posted by Kerstin Schuman on 13 January 2012

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, and, 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 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!

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  • @SilaSan; Facebook may not be the most organic form of voting, but using a social media platform helps spread the word about SS 3.0. More importantly, the voting is just a nomination process for the judges. It's not as consequential and you're making it out to be. It's just a way of limiting the number of submissions that get before the judges, who are all busy and esteemed figures donating their time to this contest.

    Posted by UncleCheese, 3 years ago @unclecheese

  • @SilaSan; I understand your concerns regarding the voting process. From experience with similar projects in the past I believe that the community will make up for any such scam. If not; the votes are only half the rent. The final decision is up to the judges.

    @frankthetank; I understand that it takes a lot of work to create a theme and I know that it is important to recognize the work people put into this. I tried to achieve this by praising the creators in public and working hard on getting together a high class panel jury.
    I do my best to give you what you need in order to make an entry possible. But unfortunately money isn't one of that. SilverStripe is open source. That means that everyone can use the tool for free and the company doesn't make any money on this or any potential theme that you create.
    Any official hour that SilverStripe employees spend on developing open source is a financial investment of the company into open source without getting paid back already. And all developers at SilverStripe spend between 10 and 20% of their work time on open source.
    In terms of the ownership rights I agree with you. It is kind of doubled. But it needs to be in there for legal reasons.
    Thanks for your understanding and let me know if you have any further questions.

    Posted by Kerstin, 3 years ago @silverstripe

  • In my honest opinion you could at least throw some money in the bucket for the first 3 places ... I mean, it takes quite some time to hardcode a solid and good theme.

    And giving silverstripe all my ownership rights when i could have open sourced it anyway is kinda pointless ...

    Posted by frankthetank, 3 years ago

  • Great idea, hope there will come a lot of contributions and that the new standard theme will be amazing.

    Get to the designs ppl! :-)

    Posted by Thomas B. Nielsen, 3 years ago @nobrainerweb

  • Come on...,we all know this kind of voting is just irrelevant, U have many friends or U R a member of some FB voting community then U get 1000 s of votes. It has nothing to do with the quality of the design.

    Posted by SilaSan, 3 years ago

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