Update: After the winners of the "What Do You Have To Say?" theme design contest were announced, it was brought to our attention that the design of one of the winning entries was not an original work, as the contest rules required, so it was not eligible for a prize. “River at Night" designed by Teresa Jones is now the First Place Winner and “Live and Learn” by Li Kim Goh is now the Second Place winner. Our judges picked a new Third Place winner: "Vector Drips" by Terri. The winning themes were selected from 355 entries based on outside
voting and an internal judging by Six Apart designers. A People’s
Choice Award was also awarded to heythisisnoah's theme “Shiny” which
received a total of 1,733 votes. Congratulations to Terri for joining the winners!
We talked to the winners to find out more about their inspiration to enter the contest. Second Place winner Li Kim Goh said that blog design was important “because it draws readers' attention and makes your blog stand out from the millions of other blogs.” First Place winner Teresa Jones agrees that design brings readers to the ‘essence’ of the blog. She said, “Blog design is that first good impression, and it also usually gives us an idea about the blogger's personality and style. On a lot of occasions too, you get an idea of what kind of content you can expect during your visit...think about it - what good is a cone without the ice cream?”
Thank you to everyone who entered the contest. The winning designs will be incorporated into TypePad as well as Vox and LiveJournal. We'll keep you posted here when we add the winning designs to TypePad. Congratulations again to all of the winners!