Ideacodes co-founder Emily Chang has been nominated for the prestigious Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards 2009 program for excellence in Interaction Design. This is the first year that they will be giving an award in Interaction Design. The National Design Awards were conceived by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum ten years ago to honor the best in American design. “First launched at the White House Millennium Council in 2000, the annual Awards program celebrates design in various disciplines as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world, and seeks to increase national awareness of design by educating the public and promoting excellence, innovation, and lasting achievement. To qualify for the awards, you must be nominated by one or more members of a distinguished nominating committee, comprised of more than 2500 leading American architects, designers, educators, journalists, authors, filmmakers and other professionals representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia.” You can learn more at last year’s 2008 National Design Awards site.