Make Bugzilla Pretty: A Contest

Hello out there, developers and designers! After many years of working on Bugzilla’s usability, we have finally come to the point where we think that it’s time…we want to make Bugzilla look nice. Gone are the days when it is OK for open-source software to be functional but unattractive–Bugzilla needs a UI that not only works well, but also looks great!

To this end, we are having a contest for designers, to see who can come up with the best new design for Bugzilla. It’s called Make Bugzilla Pretty!

You don’t have to know anything about HTML or Bugzilla to enter (though it helps), you just have to be able to redesign and submit an image to us.

With your entry, you could be giving the world a great-looking open-source bug-tracking system, impacting the lives of millions of developers, forwarding the cause of open-source in the new decade, and getting some sweet promotion for yourself in the process!

We look forward to seeing what you come up with!

7 Responses to “Make Bugzilla Pretty: A Contest”

  1. 1 Ed September 24, 2010 at 03:57

    This comes just in time when i was thinking why the heck is every mozilla related site looks ugly? May be mozilla should do a remake on many aspect of things.

    Where do i read about Mozilla’s development. You have literally millions of non connected blog everywhere and not a central / official way to follow.

    phpBB? Well it may be better to change to another forum system. Even if not, it definitely needs a new skin

    Is Mozillazine died? wasn’t MCN suppose to replace it?

    And yes Bugzilla….. in ugly as well.

    • 2 Max Kanat-Alexander September 24, 2010 at 22:36

      The best place to follow general Mozilla information is either or

      I’m not sure what you’re talking about with phpBB. If you’re talking about Mozillazine, that’s an independent entity that isn’t a part of Mozilla.


  2. 3 njn September 24, 2010 at 09:04

    The rules say:

    “You must preserve all of the functionality of the current bug view page. Mostly, this means that you can’t remove any field or link from the current image above.”

    As long as that’s true it’ll never be pretty. There are just too many pieces there. If half of them disappeared it would look much more “pretty” even if the styling didn’t change at all.

    • 4 Max Kanat-Alexander September 24, 2010 at 22:38

      No, actually, I disagree. I do agree that the page should be simplified visually, but visual complexity is a usability aspect, not really a graphic design aspect. There are many complex things that are very attractive. I agree that if it were simpler, the contest would be easier, but then again, if it were really easy, we probably wouldn’t even have to have the contest at all. 🙂 So it’s a challenge, and that’s maybe even an exciting aspect of it.


  3. 5 Jorge October 5, 2010 at 00:42

    Like njn said, making *that* look pretty is very difficult, but hopefully the design contest will produce some nice entries.
    I think that there’s plenty that can be done for the usability of those pages, and a lot of information and forms should be hidden by default, for the benefit of those only reading the bug information.
    I would personally only show read-only data at the top, greatly simplifying all the metadata, move the comment box to the bottom and have an “also edit” link that toggles most of the ugly stuff that clutters the bug page. But, like the rules say, that’s an entirely different project…

    • 6 Max Kanat-Alexander October 5, 2010 at 00:46

      Hey Jorge! I’m pretty much in agreement with you about everything, there. 🙂 I actually wrote some patches to do exactly what you just mentioned, above, but none of them ever got into Bugzilla. Perhaps after the “prettification” we will look at them again.


  4. 7 Andrei February 20, 2013 at 09:06

    So, who won? I liked this one , because it hides some of the useless information.

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