Mozilla Labs, the research and development arm of the Mozilla Foundation that is most famously responsible for the Firefox web browser and Thunderbird email client, has put out a call to designers, developers, and thought leaders to create concepts for the future of the web.
“We’re hoping to lower the barrier to participation by providing a forum for surfacing, sharing, and collaborating on new ideas and concepts,” writes Mozilla in a blog post. “Our goal is to bring even more people to the table and provoke thought, facilitate discussion, and inspire future design directions for Firefox, the Mozilla project, and the Web as a whole.”
Mozilla is hoping that its call for concepts will encourage anyone to join in — not just those who have the skills to create fancy visual mockups or interactive prototypes. “You don’t have to be a software engineer to get involved, and you don’t have to program. Everyone is welcome to participate,” they write.
In the spirit of open source collaboration on which the Mozilla Foundation is founded, they’re asking that anyone who submits ideas or mockups license them under an Creative Commons license and anyone who builds a prototype uses the Mozila Public License. Mozilla asks for participants to be bold and radical. “The crazier, the better.”
To kick things off, Mozilla worked with three designers and design firms to create a set of concepts. The Aurora Concept from Adaptive Path is getting the most press play today, but I was actually most impressed by the Bookmarking & History Concept by designer Wei Zhou.
Check out the videos below and let us know if you have any ideas for the future direction of the web.
Aurora Concept (Part 1)
by Adaptive Path
Bookmarking & History Concept
by Wei Zhou
by Aza Raskin
Josh Catone joined Mashable in May 2009 and is Executive Director of Editorial Projects. Before joining Mashable, Josh was the Lead Writer at ReadWriteWeb, the Lead Blogger at SitePoint, and the Community Evangelist at DandyID.