Aug 9, 2006

“Most people spend their lives living in dreary, beige conformity, mortally afraid of using colors. The main purpose of my work is to provoke people into using their imagination and make their surroundings more exciting.” –Verner Panton

Clever Car

Clever Car

Apr 28, 2006

Researchers in England have been working on a prototype for a “clever” (Compact Low Emission Vehicle for Urban Transport) car.  The car has three wheels and tilts for easy manueverability. The prototype is purely a research project and is unlikely to come to market in its present form. But the researchers hope that car companies […]

Jenny Holzer: For London

Jenny Holzer: For London

Apr 7, 2006

As part of the Beckett Centenary Festival at the Barbican, American artist Jenny Holzer presents a series of light projections on the Barbican and buildings around London including City Hall and Somerset House. Writings from Beckett and a selection of works by celebrated poets, are cast onto well-known London landmarks, allowing light and text to […]

The Agile Web Design Manifesto, An Introduction

Feb 11, 2006

Co-authored by Emily Chang and Max Kiesler of Ideacodes. On August 20, 1980, Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler were the first to summit Mount Everest without the use of bottled oxygen. They accomplished this amazing feat by doing what no other expedition had ever done. They carried all of their own gear, did no route […]

Design 2.0: Minimalism, Transparency, and You

Feb 6, 2006

Today happens to be the four month anniversary of eHub Interviews, a series of email questions and answers with the creators and companies behind many of the new web 2.0 services and applications that we’ve been witnessing and using online. According to many of you who write in, the interviews are “one of your favorite […]

Yahoo! Design Group Dinner

Jan 31, 2006

We had the wonderful opportunity to attend an informal dinner on Monday night here in SF with the Yahoo! design group and a mix of fellow designers, developers, and even some HCI and usability legends. On the Yahoo-side, I had the pleasure of meeting Larry Tesler, VP of user experience and design, Havi Hoffman, Catalyst […]

I Love Giant Robot

I Love Giant Robot

Oct 16, 2005

Our new t-shirts from Giant Robot SF (Max’s is 2K and mine’s Gamma-Go).

Design something original

Design something original

Aug 25, 2005

Princeton Technology has created a hard drive that’s “inspired by” the Mac Mini, so much so that it really looks just like it other than the logo etched on the top and side.. not the kind of font that Steve Jobs would approve.  Frankly, I like the silver-white-milky aesthetic of the Mini’s design and Apple’s […]

Designing Thinking

Aug 12, 2005

As a design-focused firm, I’m encouraged by the recent emphasis on business adopting more strategic design thinking and process techniques.  I’m familiar with the same sources and I like how the author, LukeW, frames the differences in a “business” versus “design” approach in his post A Difference of Design.  (Also see my post at BeingEDU […]

080105 Desktop

080105 Desktop

Aug 1, 2005

Some things are just liberating for all the right reasons (like working on your own websites).

Don’t just make it pretty, make it strategic

Jun 10, 2005

Since I started designing websites for universities and colleges in 1996, I’ve had numerous conversations about design, both with those on the inside (administrators, marketing communications directors, admissions counselors, information technology teams, webmasters and developers, designers, vice presidents, CIOs, alumni, faculty) as well as those on the outside (students, parents, the community, business leaders, consultants, […]

The Beauty of Web Standards

Apr 21, 2005

We’ve been advocating web standards for some time now, but for those of you first hearing about the benefits of building and designing sites around web standards, the W3C has a great introduction to understanding the concepts and the relationships between web standards, accessibility, and CSS in its article, “How to achieve Web standards and […]

Offline Design

Apr 20, 2005

As an online designer, I’m always looking offline for inspiration and ideas.  (Once you’ve been a sculptor, you can never truly escape the physical world.) Part of the beauty of city life is the constant stream of emotional and environmental influence – every city block a testament to the power of design’s influence over our […]

Ajax the Web

Feb 22, 2005

In his essay, Ajax: A New Approach to Web Applications, Jesse James Garrett articulates a new use of several existing technologies – XHTML, CSS, DOM, XML, and Javascript, which, when used together as an “Ajax engine” could change the nature of web applications.  By moving to asynchronous patterns of delivery, the whole paradigm of a […]

Blobjects & Beyond

Feb 10, 2005

The blobject has so much appeal.  Learn more at the exhibition page at the San Jose Museum of Art… Beginning Saturday, March 5th the San Jose Museum of Art’s first floor galleries will brim with curvaceous, boldly designed products and prototypes as the museum opens its first-ever exhibition devoted to industrial design. The exhibition, Blobjects […]

Ideacodes is Born

Feb 8, 2005

Sometimes the least likely event turns out to be a blessing in disguise.  That’s how I’ve been feeling lately.  I’m no longer working for the marketing consulting company for higher education where I’ve been for over two years.  While everything was a surprise to me when it happened, in retrospect, I had already felt the […]

Checking your designs for the color blind

Mar 3, 2004

Vischeck is a site that shows you what things look like to someone who is color blind. You can try Vischeck online, run Vischeck on your own image files, or run Vischeck on a web page. Simulates: Deuteranope (a form of red/green color deficit) Protanope (another form of red/green color deficit) Tritanope (a blue/yellow deficit- […]

Time for a change

Oct 31, 2003

It’s starting to get dark at 5 pm but that doesn’t mean things have slowed down.  A new artcodes design is underway and will launch soon.  Multiple web and digital projects are currently in the lab, brewing and stewing.

Mood type

Jul 28, 2003

Mood Letters. Why cast typefaces in “immutable metal” when digital offers so much more possibility? Such was the attitude brought by Erik van Blokland and Just van Rossum of the Dutch design firm, LettError to a competition to create a “civic typeface” for the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, as reported by […]

Ambient Orb

Apr 29, 2003

For years I’ve been fascinated with those space age glowing green nightlights.  I’ve had two plugged into my wall for over five years now.  (They also only use 1/100th of the power needed for a standard 7-watt nightlight bulb and costing only 2 cents a year to operate.) You can imagine my delight when I […]

Revamped Macromedia site irks customers

Mar 11, 2003

A redesign of software maker Macromedia’s main Web site is attracting criticism from customers because it doesn’t work with some browsers, including Apple Computer’s much-hyped Safari. Full story at CNET


Feb 3, 2003

Vicky Wong’s latest incarnation.  I admire her level of detail.  Also spend some time playing the games and exploring…there’s more than meets the eye and some very inventive uses of small gestures. http://www.meomi.com