Free your expression. Give a voice to your imagination. Create.
Submit a new graphic layout for our website homepage, working with css style sheets and using the html code that we’ve put at your disposal.
Are you up to the challenge?

Taken from an idea by Dave Shea, a smart web designer from Vancouver, Canada


Here’s the page for computer geeks, by the computer geeks who developed 500 wants you.

This page is for those of you who want to express themselves by creating a brand new homepage of the 500 wants you website.

If you’re already familiar with html and css, then you’re ready to get started – the existing homepage is “table-less” (without HTML tables), and completely written in html and css. You’re welcome to download the source code for free.

The concept behind this initiative came from Css Zen Garden: the idea of developing a website that’s controlled only by CSS, allowing for constant development through personalisation proposals created by other web designers and developers. From developer to developer we’d like to encourage all web designers and developers to share in the spirit of the 500 wants you project.

You are welcome to ask questions or contribute your ideas on how to improve the code!

Here are some F.A.Qs. to understand more.

Will all the proposals be published?
The publication of your contributions will be moderated. Obviously we cannot publish material protected by copyright if we do not have the owner’s consent. Therefore, all the images contained in your proposal must not violate current copyright laws. A team will select the proposals to be uploaded as new website homepages; but whether or not your design is chosen for this purpose, it will still appear in the online gallery (as long as it clearly respects copyright rules and principles, decency and taste).

Are there any guidelines to be followed?
We do not dictate guidelines but we request that your design has relevance for the communication and style of the 500 wants you project. And the greater the relevance of your design, the higher the chances of your proposal becoming the new homepage. In fact, to ensure that the new proposals are in line with the 500 wants you website concept, the team judging the contributions is made up of the web designers and art directors who created this website.

– The website is optimised 800×600.
– The colours chosen for the website are the 500’s classic colours.
– The images supplied by the kit may be used freely: to create your homepage you can rework them however you like, but you may not use them for any other purpose than those described here.
– If you would like to have more images or higher resolution ones, you can download them from the official Fiatautopress website, following the path “Photo archive/ Historical files/ 500
– 500 wants you logo should be used in your homepage proposal.
– Only .zip files can be submitted. Your .zip should include your css file and related images (jpg and gif files). HTML file in the kit is just an example and you should not modify it.
– If your homepage proposal is clearly visible on all browsers, your chances of having it published will increase.
These indications are not intended to limit your freedom of expression: in fact all the proposals will be published in the online gallery, including those not selected to become a new website homepage.

If you have read up to this point, are not a web designer or developer but do have some peculiar, funny or curious pictures of the 500 which you’d like to send to this website, we suggest you visit the 500-ology.

What are CSS?
Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) enable you to format an html page very effectively, creating clean code without having to resort to nested tables. It is incredible how, starting from the same html page, so many different webpage designs can be created simply by changing CSS style sheet. CSS also make websites more readable by search engines. From a usability and ease of access point of view, a website designed using CSS like this one also has more advantages than, for example, a website developed using Flash.

Try to print the website homepage: you will see that it is completely devoid of images, whichever personalised option you’ve selected. Click here to see the text-only page.

On the website homepage, the main navigation menu is always visible and it “moves” horizontally together with the page; this can be done only in javascript. The reason we chose to do this is because the website will develop horizontally, with the content becoming richer over the 500 days of the project.

The kit version of the homepage that you can download does not contain this function, so you are free to decide where to position your navigation menu.
And if you don’t like the horizontal scrolling, take up the challenge of designing a different interface. Who knows, perhaps it could soon replace ours! 😉

This kit is in zip format (4,6 Mb)


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