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The new design at

First, go ahead and download Thunderbird 3 Beta 2 and check it out.

The Redesign

We started the redesign process last year with the following goals:

  • Make it easy for users to download Thunderbird
  • Make it easy for users to learn about Thunderbird and Mozilla Messaging
  • Provide Mozilla Messaging with it's own visual identity while maintaining the "mozilla" feel

We worked with Steven at silverorange and the team at The Royal Order — absolutely great fun to work with them.

We hope users and contributors will have a sense of familiarity with the site and also enjoy some of the imagery and illustrations. One of my favorites is the "totem pole".  Totem poles can be found in Vancouver (where we have an office) and we wanted to see a different design treatment for Thunderbird.  I think it worked out well (the rocket ship and the cruise boat are fun too).

What's Next

We have localization, more content to add, and we're always looking to make improvements to make it easier for users to download Thunderbird.  We'll be gearing the site for the final Thunderbird 3 release so we have lots more coming.

Thunderbird 3 Beta 1 press roundup

Additional Thunderbird 3 Beta 1 news via Google News

Some highlights

  • Thunderbird 3 Beta 1 taking over where Shredder leaves off
    TechVibes – Canada
    a lot of upgrades have been made since Thunderbird 2, incorporating feedback and suggestions from previous releases. Highlights include faster message,
  • Thunderbird 3.0 Reaches Beta 1
    PC World – USA
    Mozilla Messaging Inc. Tuesday released the first beta for its open-source Thunderbird 3.0 e-mail client, with the company's chief executive calling the

  • Thunderbird 3.0 reaches Beta 1, but still not feature-complete
    Computerworld – Framingham,MA,USA
    By Gregg Keizer December 10, 2008 (Computerworld) Mozilla Messaging Inc. yesterday released the first beta for its open-source Thunderbird 3.0 e-mail client
  • Mozilla releases Thunderbird 3 Beta 1
    Internet News (subscription) – Fallbrook,CA,USA
    By Sean Michael Kerner on December 10, 2008 9:50 AM At long last, Mozilla Messaging has put out the first Beta release for the Thunderbird 3 open source
  • First Thunderbird 3 beta arrives with UI improvements
    Ars Technica – Boston,MA,USA
    By Ryan Paul | Published: December 10, 2008 – 08:18AM CT Mozilla has announced the availability of the first Thunderbird 3 beta release.
  • Thunderbird 3 Beta 1 Now Available
    Lifehacker Australia – Sydney,NSW,Australia
    All platforms: Mozilla releases the first beta of Thunderbird 3, the next generation of their desktop email client. Meant only for testers,


  • after a few days back on mozilla thunderbird
    By Rich
    Mozilla Thunderbird came about and I used that for a wicked long time. Then I used Gmail and Google Apps. Gmail pissed me off (royally), switched to Windows Live Domains (Hotmail). Windows Live Domains was okay and had no problems but

SpreadThunderbird is now live!

Mozilla Messaging today announced the beta launch of the web site.  Spread Thunderbird is the volunteer-run Mozilla Thunderbird advocacy site where community marketing activities are organized to raise awareness and to promote the adoption of Thunderbird.  The Spread Thunderbird site is powered by the open source Drupal web site software.  Community members may submit ideas and join in the effort by visiting web site update

We're in the final design stages for the MozillaMessaging web site update.  We'd love some feedback on it.

Here are some more screen shots of the homepage:

The goals of the redesign are: 1) Get Thunderbird pages onto, download, marketing pages, etc.; 2)  MozillaMessaging should be distinct from but with a consistency to show that it's still all Mozilla;  3)  Design should reflect the Thunderbird product current and future, communication, concepts around email; 4)  Design should reflect our diversity and International community.

Note that future MozillaMessaging and marketing posts from me will be on when we launch in the next coming weeks.

Thunderbird t-shirts

I need some help with the Thunderbird t-shirt.  What's your preference for the background color?  We definitely need a black Thunderbird t-shirt.  I'm leaning towards the dark green and royal blue.

What do you think?  (also these aren't the actual t-shirts, the logo in front is just to see how the logo looks on the various color shirts)