So, I get pretty humorously nervous during the Apple Design Awards. I don't know why — even if we don't enter anything I'm still nervous, as the tension really gets to me (but in an enjoyable way), and although I can apply the equivalent of six-layers-of-the-earth's-crust-worth of antiperspirant in a desperate pre-event flurry, that still doesn't stop the inevitable ark-worthy flood to follow 5 minutes later. Ironically, co-founder Steve doesn't get nervous at all during these kinds of things, which is basically the complete opposite of how things normally are for the both of us, a good example of the humorous yin/yang balance that comes from knowing and working with this dude since literally forever.
Anyway, the Apple Design awards were last night! And there is news!
Since a few members of the Panic crew stayed back in Portland this year (holding down the support-fort — thank you!), I decided at the last-minute to try to capture the awards ceremony with some poor-quality digital camera magic, just for fun, so they could be a remote part of the pageantry.
Then, while "taping", I just happened to catch something totally amazing and awesome and still more amazing: Coda, our Mac OS X web development app, won an award for best user experience!!
While this video is probably only enjoyable to Panic Team and Family, you might enjoy it as well. Here's what happened!
(That's Steve giving a disbelieving/happy laugh at the beginning, the Delicious Monster guys high-fiving us on the way up, the inimitable John Geleynse shaking my hand, and Dave up there Touching The Cube. (Christian Slater was great in that one.))
Many congratulations are due to the other winners and runners up, our esteemed peers, from the unbelievably amazing work of Jan Van Boghout's CSSEdit, to runner up Karelia and their Sandvox, to everyone else, winning or not, who keep this business fun.
We are excited, thrilled, and humbled. This kind of thing makes us all the more energized to do what we do — when you're a small crew, this is really as good as it gets. I'm so excited to add even more great new things to Coda, and make more great new Mac applications in general, into the future. We will work hard to make this award proud of us — even if it's just an inanimate, glowing cube, I think it still has feelings.
Most importantly: thanks, everyone, for your support, ideas, kindness, purchases, and the like. Here's to the future!