One of the great things that's happened over the past year is that Six Apart's three blogging platforms -- TypePad, Movable Type and LiveJournal -- have made significant strides in standardizing the layout and structure of the templates they use to produce blogs. Support for a single set of CSS declarations means that our designers can build a blog's look and feel and know that it can be applied across all three products.
But it's not just our designers that benefit. There's a community of third party designers who find work designing blogs on Six Apart's products, and three of them have organized The Style Contest for Movable Type, TypePad and LiveJournal. Sponsored by Six Apart, Adobe and StyleMaster, and judged by five well known designers, the contest features over $17,000 in prizes...and the opportunity for winning designs to be featured in Six Apart's products and used by potentially millions of bloggers.
There are less than three weeks left until the final submission deadline, so if you're a designer and know your way around TypePad's HTML and CSS structure, we encourage you to read the rules and submit your designs. And if you're looking for inspiration (either for the contest, or for your own blog), you can browse the current list of submissions.
I'll be posting more here about the winners when they're announced...including more about our plans for including Style Contest themes as part of TypePad's set of default themes.