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  • Why I Use Social Software

    Recent posts have been expressing why people don’t like using social software, or believe it’s just a passing fad. Since I disagree, I’ve made a short list of why I do use…

  • 080906

    “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…

  • Clever Car

    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…

  • Jenny Holzer: For London

    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…

  • The Agile Web Design Manifesto, An Introduction

    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…

  • Design 2.0: Minimalism, Transparency, and You

    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…

  • Yahoo! Design Group Dinner

    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…

  • I Love Giant Robot

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

  • Design something original

    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…

  • Designing Thinking

    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,…

  • 080105 Desktop

    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

    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,…

  • The Beauty of Web Standards

    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…

  • Offline Design

    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…

  • Ajax the Web

    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…

  • Blobjects & Beyond

    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…

  • Ideacodes is Born

    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…

  • Checking your designs for the color blind

    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…

  • Time for a change

    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…

  • Mood type

    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…

  • Ambient Orb

    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…

  • Revamped Macromedia site irks customers

    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

  • Meomi

    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.…