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    SitePoint Wizard silver trophy Bleys's Avatar
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    SitePoint "Principles of Beautiful Web Design" CSS Contest

    Want to win this ? All you need to do is a little of this !

    SitePoint "Principles of Beautiful Web Design" CSS Competition

    The Challenge:

    Announcing the SitePoint "Principles of Beautiful Web Design" CSS Competition. If you would like to win a copy of SitePoint's acclaimed new book "The Principles of Beautiful Web design" then all you have to do is to take this html and turn it into a beautiful web page that is an advert for the book.

    You are not allowed to change the html and can only use css and background images to create your masterpiece. Unlike the "Zen Garden" examples the html has very few extra "hooks" in the code and you will need to be very creative to turn this into a viable web page.

    Advanced css'ers will therefore be able to use advanced selectors to create styling opportunities while those of medium skill levels can concentrate on the graphic side of things.

    You must also use the SitePoint logo and the book cover image which can be downloaded from those links and the html for the images is already in place.

    General Rules:
    • The html must remain untouched.
    • All html content must be used and not replaced with image replacement techniques.
    • Background images can of course be attached to any available element.
    • Valid CSS at whatever level you wish so advanced selectors can be used to good effect in browsers that support them.
    • Browsers to support are: IE6, IE7, Firefox 1.5+, Opera 9+. The design must display well in all the browsers listed with ie6 as the minimum requirement. However you may get more points if you can utilise advanced css to make the display even better in Ie7 firefox and opera.
    • No CSS hacks to be used.
    • No Javascript or any other kind of scripting.
    The competition will be judged by:
    Sarah
    Josh
    Jelena
    Sara
    Paul
    DT
    Dave
    (and possibly other SitePoint Forums staff members)

    Entries will be judged on technical merit, creativity, aesthetics, and compliance with the rules.

    All entries must be received by 1 month from today: 6th April, 2007 at 11:59 (23:59) GMT. The winner notified shortly thereafter.

    You are allowed to enter as many entries as you like but the judges decision will be final and will be based on not only the look of the page but also how clever and effective the use of css has been. (Also, you can only win once.)

    You can download the html and images from Paul's basic example but we are expecting much better from you. Remember the CSS is to be completely supplied by you but we have left Paul's demo there so you can get some ideas on how the page can be manipulated.

    When you have completed your design you can post in the competition entry thread and add a link to the layout or attach a screenshot and zip file which we can upload for viewing.

    If you have any questions then post below in this thread as the entry thread will be just for entries only.

    Good Luck!



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    If the white background of the sitepoint logo image clashes with your design then it would be fair that you can change the background colour or make it transparent etc but the logo or other colours in the logo cannot be changed at all.
    Last edited by Paul O'B; Mar 8, 2007 at 04:55.
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    Sounds great! I'm in ...

    I assume the contest is open for worldwide participants? Or will the price be shipped only to certain countries?
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    world wide - just like SP
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    I take it all the style rules are to be embedded styles within the head of the document like Paul's example or should we use an external style sheet?

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    like Paul's example or should we use an external style sheet?
    Makes no difference really - It's up to you

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    I found it humorous that my first thought was "Hey, I should get that book and get some ideas on how to style this."... of course then I realized this would defeat the purpose of attempting to style the page in the first place.

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    Hey, I should get that book and get some ideas on how to style this."
    lol - Its called "catch 22" !

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    Awesome, I am on it, well sometime in the next month I am.

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    I would be in on it if I wasn't staying up until 4 AM every day trying to make deadlines.

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    I have the book already, so I might be doing an entry just for fun if I can find the time. If I win the next person can have the prize

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    we can be flexible on which book if you already have this one
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    Paul said I had to give him my soul if I were to enter the contest. But unfortunately it belongs to Someone Else.

    I hope he doesn't mind me giving him the soul of some transient I found on the way.

    (Count me in.)

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    Wow, this is going to be fun to watch
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    Good luck guys
    I will enjoy judging once again

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    Quote Originally Posted by Datura View Post
    Wow, this is going to be fun to watch
    Watch? Datura, didn't we send you a copy of the CSS book as part of your prize from the photo manipulation contest? (Did everything arrive okay, by the way? And to you as well, Hammond, if you're out there listening--please let myself or Sarah know if it didn't!).

    I full expect you to enter if that's truly the case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul O'B View Post
    Makes no difference really - It's up to you
    Well, not to be a rules-lawyer, but the rules state that we are not to change the HTML code at all. If we were to use an external stylesheet, that would require us to change the HTML (in this case to add to the HTML).

    So is it safe to say that with the exception of using an external style sheet we are not to change the HTML at all, or should we just use an embedded style sheet via the <style></style> tags that Paul provided?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Schulz View Post
    Well, not to be a rules-lawyer, but the rules state that we are not to change the HTML code at all. If we were to use an external stylesheet, that would require us to change the HTML (in this case to add to the HTML).

    So is it safe to say that with the exception of using an external style sheet we are not to change the HTML at all, or should we just use an embedded style sheet via the <style></style> tags that Paul provided?
    Well mister internet lawyer , you can link to an external sheet, just don't change the body, doctype or any head tags.

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    I Love Licorice silver trophybronze trophy Datura's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bleys View Post
    Watch? Datura, didn't we send you a copy of the CSS book as part of your prize from the photo manipulation contest? (Did everything arrive okay, by the way? And to you as well, Hammond, if you're out there listening--please let myself or Sarah know if it didn't!).

    I full expect you to enter if that's truly the case.
    Yes, all books arrived nicely. I mentioned it in the Photo Manipulation Thread. Anyhow, at the moment I have no way of squeezing in such a project, nor did I have the time to study up on the CSS yet.

    I am sorry about this, but life has a way of not always letting you get away with what you would like to do. After the long time on the last contest I just can not allow myself something like this again for a while. But I will cheer on the participants as I know well how that influences the work -- Datura :
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    Might have a good go at this
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    Genius. The people who need the book the most are the ones who have no chance of winning :P

    I may enter if I can come up with an idea, but probably not :/

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    I'll give it a go

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    This looks to be a great way to stretch our creativity and CSS skills.

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    And a few questions: Does our CSS become the property of SitePoint if we win? What if we don't win? Is the winning entry actually going to be used by SitePoint? If so, is the winner allowed to link to the production page in his portfolio?

    Cheers!
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    Great contest!

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    I might give this one a shot. Been a while since I entered in ANY contest...
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