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Social Design Strategies Panel at SXSW 2008

Oct 22, 2007

Emily Chang and Max Kiesler‘s proposed SXSW panel, Social Design Strategies, has been selected for SXSW 2008.  The panel description: “Now that social networking is quickly becoming a regular feature set, designers need to understand the dynamics of designing experiences that encourage social behavior, while giving individuals a sense of privacy, personal gain, and ownership. […]

Twitterverse Launches

Twitterverse Launches

Apr 10, 2007

Ideacodes is pleased to launch our first release of Twitterverse, a mashup and a visualization layer that mines and archives the public timeline of Twitter and provides a visualization of the most commonly used words in a given time period.  Twitter, the hot new product by Obvious, is a “sophisticated, device-agnostic, social message routing system […]

Seeking Expert Front-End Coders

Nov 28, 2006

Ideacodes is currently seeking expert front-end XHTML, CSS and AJAX coder(s) on a contract-to-hire basis. This isn’t a design position, rather, you’ll be coding designs and prototypes into XHTML/CSS, implementing AJAX interactions, and working closely with a designer. If you’re a hybrid designer-developer, all the better. You’ll be an integral part of our team on […]

Vox Launches

Vox Launches

Oct 29, 2006

Vox, Six Apart’s new blog service, launched on Oct 26. Vox puts the emphasis on personal blogging and sharing with friends and family. It features advanced privacy controls, a stunning variety of unique themes, powerful integration with other services like Flickr, YouTube, and more. “Blogging is fun again. With powerful privacy controls that give you […]

Stylehive Launch: Party and New Features

Stylehive Launch: Party and New Features

Oct 23, 2006

Last Thursday night was the official launch party for Stylehive, the social shopping community focused on new trends, products, designers, stores and experts. The launch party was fabulous. Thanks to everyone that came! As Styehive editor, Stephanie Wong, writes in the Stylehive blog post: “Hivers, bloggers, friends and fashion fiends from San Francisco, Los Angeles […]

Stylehive Fashion Show in Second Life

Stylehive Fashion Show in Second Life

Mar 24, 2006

It’s not every day that we can teleport ourselves to the world of high fashion and style. But tonight, Friday, March 24, 2006, you can! Join us at the Stylehive virtual headquarters in Second Life for a fashion show to celebrate the launch of Don’t miss the Stylehive virtual event featuring Second Life models […]

Explore CommunityWalk

Explore CommunityWalk

Mar 18, 2006

CommunityWalk, the web 2.0 mapping community, has launched the new Explore feature. The Explore page lets you zoom into the map, select a category, or use a live search to find different public maps on CommunityWalk. You can even enter a search for a specific area of the map, or right click to zoom out. […]

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 […]

Six Apart and Ideacodes

Jul 12, 2005

I’ve moved several times in the last nine years – five moves, three states, and two coasts to be exact.  Despite these environmental and physical shifts in my life, it’s ironic that it’s the bloggers from the virtual world (kottke, hchamp, joi ito, dooce, caterina, mightygirl, and many others) that have provided a sense of […]

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, […]


May 13, 2005

I’m now writing about more strategic and web related issues over at a new Ideacodes blog,  Being EDU™ is a weblog about strategic web design and development for college and university websites, co-authored and co-edited by myself and Max Kiesler.  We invite you to take a look,, partcipate by posting comments, and if […]

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 […]

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