Tagging Yourself and Others

Sep 9, 2005

Like a lot of web people these days, I’ve been actively tagging my “stuff” in del.icio.us, Flickr, rojo, BlinkList, and Technorati. The more I tag both the content that I produce (blog posts, photos, links) and the content that I find (bookmarks, news stories, blog posts), the more I’m looking for a web application or […]

Info-bits in Flux

Sep 9, 2005

In a recent blog post at O’Reilly, Giles Turnbull writes, “A while ago, I thought I’d try an experiment: could I organise all my work, all my personal stuff, all my writing, in one huge text file?” You may think he’s crazy, but my first thought was “Cool! Another geek like myself who keeps everything […]

Tag This

Sep 6, 2005

Yesterday I wrote about the need for more integrated tools to organize the various bits of information that we need, use, and collect in our daily digital lives, both online and offline, work-related and personal. Whether we organize online or on paper, whether it’s a result of today’s information overload or a librarian gene in […]

Social Design Opens Wide

Sep 4, 2005

It seems that every week there’s a new web application or service that allows you to organize another facet of your life online – then share it. Whether it’s collecting bookmarks or books, photos or events, new social software sites and web applications are popping up that let you take your offline habits online, play […]

Wikipedia for all

Aug 23, 2005

One of my all-time favorite websites is the wikipedia – partly because I’ve used it for many years to look up terms, concepts, historical facts; also because I like to link to its pages for terms where I want to provide context; but mostly because of its altruistic and utopian perspective. Imagine a world in […]

Pingoat rocks

Aug 21, 2005

I’ve been looking at ways to increase blog traffic and I’ll be posting more about the services and various techniques I’m using, but for now, you’ve got to try pingoat, a great new service that Max found and talks about in his post, The Ultimate Blog Ping Service. On my other site, artcodes.com, after adding […]

Web Mapping Technology

Aug 19, 2005

I was searching to see if anyone had released some Ajax-driven maps and came across “Build AJAX-Based Web Maps Using ka-Map” by Tyler Mitchell which led me to an open source map tool called ka-Map.  I’ve downloaded it and plan to try it out this weekend. Also, if you have seen these already, some other […]

Open source

Aug 16, 2005

MIT Technology Review has a story, The Tech Boom 2.0, that covers a point of view that I couldn’t agree with more.  I often use open-source software to develop high-end, robust, and full-featured websites and web systems for clients and our own projects.  Open-source software isn’t just for geeks anymore, but a viable basis for […]

080105 Desktop

080105 Desktop

Aug 1, 2005

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

Mash-up the Web

Jul 27, 2005

While the term mash-up has its roots in hip hop culture, the web mash-up seems a natural evolution of our need to customize and our love of hacks.  (See an earlier post on creating “clever solutions to an interesting problem.”) In Sampling the Web’s Best Mash-Ups, Business Week provides “a guided tour of the some […]

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 […]

Well-behaved women seldom make history

Mar 30, 2005

Received email from misbehaving yesterday and I’m proud to be listed among many of the most influential women in technology today. misbehaving.net is a weblog about women and technology. It’s a celebration of women’s contributions to computing; a place to spotlight women’s contributions as well point out new opportunities and challenges for women in the […]

Happy 10 Years

Happy 10 Years

Mar 4, 2005

It’s hard to believe it’s already been 10 years for the commercial web!  All you kids out there (that’s all of you 13 year olds that are signing up for livejournal at lightening speed) that think the internet has always been around, get this – when you were three, the commercial web was only just […]

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 […]

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 […]

Two Web 2.0 Apps Challenge the Status Quo

Jan 6, 2005

Two new web apps caught my eye this evening as I scanned my email: Nuvvo and Newsvine. The two sites are very different in their concept and functionality, but both share the same purpose – to enable individuals (content creators, writers, news buffs, teachers, amateurs, experts, you) to reach a larger niche audience, and to […]


Mar 4, 2004

“Flickr, now in public beta, is a real-time media-sharing playspace, where you can share photos with friends and family live and online, and create your own groups.”

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- […]

Smarter Bookmarks

Jan 22, 2004

“Smarter Bookmarks. How do you find your favorite websites? Some people, reports Lisa Guernsey in The New York Times, “try to keep track of websites by sending themselves an e-mail message with the link and a note of why it might be useful. Others,” she writes,” print pages or use sticky notes. Increasingly fewer people, […]


Nov 21, 2003

Web promo and inspiration piece for an outdoor content website. (Flash stream, 5 mb)

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.

Interview with Zeldman

Oct 17, 2003

In this society, we are bombarded by other people’s creativity from the moment we wake up. Radio, billboards, the way this year’s cars are designed, the way the street grid works in your city: it’s all grist for the mill. How can your brain not be continually churning and coming up with ideas? How can […]

Net not affected

Aug 16, 2003

Write Robert MacMillan of the Washington Post, “no refrigeration, no subways, no smooth traffic flow, no air conditioning—well, at least the Internet worked. So did the phones, at least in theory. That was the big message in the tech media’s coverage of the mega-blackout that took down the power grid serving much of the northeast […]

Opera browser gaining users

Aug 5, 2003

The Opera web browser has been downloaded 10 million times already this year and is “showing growing signs of use despite Microsoft’s continued dominance,” says this piece. The Norwegian company behind Opera “sees America Online’s reduced commitment to developing future versions of Netscape as a good sign for its own future.” Opera CEO Jon von […]

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 […]

Everybody’s doing it

Jul 24, 2003

A recent survey conducted by The Economist Intelligence Unit on behalf of AT&T predicts that four out of five companies will use remote workers by 2005, compared with only 56% today. The advent of more affordable (and workable) networking technology, combined with a corporate drive toward globalization is making telecommuting a practical option for many […]

Future: Is there life after the browser?

Apr 19, 2003

One of the disadvantages of the browser is that there aren’t very good ways of organizing information,” Meyrowitz (president of Macromedia Products) said. “Bookmarks just don’t do the whole job. There’s no real sense of place for the information you want to come back to. Full story at cnet

Streaming to capturing

Mar 31, 2003

If you listen to streaming music as much as I do, you’ll enjoy this piece on recording streaming audio by Mark Twain of TechTV.

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