|SandPress||Arpit Jacob||26||First place|
|Moo-Point||Will Wilkins||23||Second place|
with that, I'd like to point to a few really cool designs from the competition, that leverage the dynamic classes of the sandbox1:
Diurnal, as the name suggests, marks the passage of the day by changing hues and header graphics to match the sunlight. Carolyn refers to it as a "poor man's igoogle", I suppose in the sense that it tracks the daylight of the blog itself, not the daylight of the reader. Personally, I think it makes it easier to relate to the blog's author, which is probably better.
There are quite a few themes that use some sort of specific aside and news styling. I made some wimpy attempts myself. Many of the designs resort to adding a text label ("quick bits", "quick thoughts", etc.), or using icons. Picnic makes a clean, simple color distinction for them, and it works on an instinctive level. Designing the Obvious indeed.
- the competition wasn't for best use of the sandbox, it was for best design, so these are merely observations.