The useit.competition is
a mental exersise
in the form of a public contest for the imaginary redesign of the world
famous website useit.com.
This is an open, friendly contest and early arrivers will be
able to edit and improve their designs until the very end. We'd
prefer to see development happening out in the open.
Links to contestants
(and even the entries themselves) will be posted in this space as soon as applicable.
To redesign and improve upon the current design of Jakob Nielsen's website in the way contestants best see fit.
Entries will be evaluated with regards to:
Look and Feel
How to Enter
Design and code a working demo of your own useit.com
Publish the design somewhere on your site
us e-mail and we'll link to your entry.
(We can also host entries on the useit.competition website -
if needed - static pages only.)
Anyone can enter (except members of the judging panel).
Multiple entries are allowed.
Closing date for entries is January 17th 2001,
midnight (GMT). Changes made to remotely hosted entries after
that time cause disqualification.
Design for the same type of content there already is on
Don't use copyrighted text/images for the demo pages.
ipsum is preferred.
Be serious. This is a serious contest. Derogatory
entries and entries found to be in bad taste will not be
robots.txt files and/or appropriate tags must
be deployed to keep search engines from indexing the entries.
(More detailed rules coming soon.)
Judging Panel and Prizes
Both are undecided yet, but we're open to
Are you interested in judging? Tell us
This site and the contest are in no way connected to Mr Jakob
Nielsen himself, nor does he neccessarily know/approve of any of
About this Site
Why choose useit.com for redesign?
Why this site looks similar to useit.com
Who's behind this redesign contest?
[ Click to get updates by e-mail ]
January 19, 2001 #
Well the closing date for the competition passed and nothing much
happened. More specificly: No contest entries arrived.
Who's fault was that? Well, both mine
and yours too. I didn't put enough time or effort into promoting this silly
little competition, nor were there enough opinionated designers out there
willing to put their design-effort where their mouths are!
Are we disappointed? Of course not!. And if any of you were/were
working on an actual redesign, hold on to it. Don't throw it away
as I have some neat plans for this site - even though the competition
didn't get off the ground..
Hold on to your seats for a little bit longer
December 10, 2000 #
Wow! while we were looking the other way the competition got
linked to at Scripting News
Tons of visitors coming in (Hi!) and lots of people have
signed up for update notifications and several more poeple have
offered to be judges. All I need now is a sign from you people
if there are going to be any actual entries or not.
On prizes: I don't really think prizes are neccessary at all.
The glory and the fame should be enough :) I'll start looking
for something cute/funny to use as a prize. I'll keep you
November 14, 2000 #
Great news! K10k.net are
linking to us (hi visitors!) and
Mr. Zeldman himself says
he's willing to be part of the distinguished judging panel!
So get to work people - redesign!
We're looking for judges. Interested people should let themselves
We've started "the fade". Every day the the site will fade a
little bit from the original Nielsen-ish colors, towards a
totally different color scheme near the end of the contest. A
gradual meta-redesign for you.
Here are a few more
on the competition.
...just linked - not endorsed.
Urbanev: Driving Over Jakob Nielsen (you got to love that music)
NTK: Jakob Nielsen for President 2004
andres.sulleiro.com: Be a Guru (image morphing)
Christopher Robbins: Youzit.com
Biggerhand: Jakob Nielsen Shortbread Cookies
Chason: Got Jakob?
Jorn Barger: Infamous villain: Jakob Nielsen (impersonating a scientist)
Peter Merholz: What would Jakob Do? (Mousepad)
Steve Champeon and Jeff Veen: The Jakob Nielsen Drinking Game
NetSlaves: Splat's Shut the Fuck Up! Jakob Nielsen
Richard McLean: useit.com - I can't! (CHI-WEB message)
Jason Kottke: UseitAmp
Julia Hayden: Just Jakob: Desktop Background
August Bourré: vestige.org: useless information technology
Untickalock: The Many Moods of Jakob Nielsen, and Use it or lose it gallery.