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Sandbox Designs Competition: deadline approaching

I’ve mentioned the Sandbox theme for WordPress a couple of times before, but I’ve neglected to point out the Sandbox Designs Competition that is going on right now. A few weeks ago, the total prize money stood at over $1600, with 1st prize netting $750.

Sandbox has a really good structure, with lots of semantic classes (and microformats) added at key points. This allows the clever theme designer to turn their site into a chameleon. You can theme based on the type of page being viewed (blog posts, single post, pages, archives, categories, search page, etc.). And you can theme certain posts based on their categories, their authors, or even by the season, or time of day when the post was published.

I’m hoping that we’ll see some really stunning designs that use these capabilities in interesting ways. There’s a strong chance that Sandbox will be included as a standard theme in a future WordPress release, which would expose your work to an extremely large audience. How’s that for some extra incentive? Do you think you have good CSS chops? Design your entry and get it submitted. Just make sure you get your entry in before the July 29 deadline. And note that the deadline is 12:00am UTC, which is July 28, 8:00pm EDT, or 5:00pm PDT.

FWIW, this site is running Sandbox (albeit, an older, and slightly customized version). But I certainly wouldn’t try to hold this site up as a paragon of good design. Make something better, okay?

About Dougal Campbell

Dougal is a web developer, and a "Developer Emeritus" for the WordPress platform. When he's not coding PHP, Perl, CSS, JavaScript, or whatnot, he spends time with his wife, three children, a dog, and a cat in their Atlanta area home.
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6 Responses to Sandbox Designs Competition: deadline approaching

  1. adam says:

    yikes, thanks for the heads up on the UTC thing, i hadn’t noticed that.
    also, anyone who’s intent on submitting should send scott their bio information right away, rather than waiting until the end.

  2. Scott says:

    Thanks for the write-up. I think we’re going to have a great collection of submissions. I’m not sure if there will be a Rhapsody of Bots entry thought. 😉

  3. Hassan says:

    I can’t access to sndbx.org.
    Is this because of my IP?
    …I live in Iran

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  5. I’m working on fixing up my crappy web site design into working with the new Sandbox 9.5.

  6. Konin says:

    Thanks for the heads up on the UTC thing and thanks for the write-up.

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