Holy Smokes

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!


Congrats! I think it's very cool that you all at Panic won such a great award :)
Anonymous Anonymous 6/13/2007 1:40 PM  
Fantastic! I loved Coda while my demo period was still breathing, and one of these days I'll have the spare cash to buy a copy (trying to move/get a new job kind of straps the cashflow).

Have you mounted the cube to the hood of the Panicmobile yet?
Anonymous gb 6/13/2007 1:56 PM  
Well done, its deserved. Coda was always going to be a prime contender for the award. Still doesnt show just how important Panic are to the Mac.

Btw, When are we going to be reading those blogs about the making of Coda :)
Blogger Neimad 6/13/2007 2:09 PM  
Congrats Cabel and the Panic team. A well deserved ADA for Coda.
Anonymous Jon Kantro 6/13/2007 2:29 PM  
Well I don't know why it was so unsuspected. Coda is a wonderful piece of software and in my mind in line for an Apple Design Award for sure (just wasnt sure which one). Heres to hoping there is a lot more where that came from.
Blogger Colin 6/13/2007 2:50 PM  
Congrats guys! You certainly earned it.
Anonymous Brian Warren 6/13/2007 3:17 PM  
Well deserved, Panicians.
Blogger Phil 6/13/2007 3:20 PM  
Congratulations, you guys really deserve it. I've had a hard time pulling myself away from the BBEdit+Transmit workflow I'm used to, but I know I'm going to love it when I finally do. Coda is just a beautiful application. Cheers!
Blogger Mike Piontek 6/13/2007 3:34 PM  
Congrats to you and the rest of the Panic team. W00t!!!!
Anonymous Frank 'viperteq' Young 6/13/2007 4:11 PM  
Panic (and Coda) is what's right with the world, congrats on the award!
Anonymous Danny Trinh 6/13/2007 9:42 PM  
Congratulations guys. You really deserve it. Coda has made my webdesign so much smoother.

Again, congrats! :)
Blogger mike 6/13/2007 9:48 PM  
Congrats! What a well-deserved award for such an awesome product! :)
Anonymous Ryan 6/13/2007 10:33 PM  
Well done guys - another trophy for the cabinet :)
Seriously, this was the one app released this year (since last wwdc) that really blew me out of the water in terms of the experience and you couldn't have deserved it more.
Blogger apt 6/13/2007 10:44 PM  
Panic People Rock...
Anonymous John 6/14/2007 12:24 AM  
Congratulations to Cabel and everyone at Panic. I've been using Transmit for years and didn't waste any time grabbing hold of Coda.

It's a great app to start with, and the way you've responded to your users with useful updates in such a short space of time is brilliant.

You guys show the likes of Adobe how it should be done!
Anonymous Alex 6/14/2007 3:06 AM  
Congrats to all the Panic team :)
Anonymous Tonet 6/14/2007 11:52 AM  
Much deserved.
Blogger Jon 6/14/2007 1:08 PM  
Bravo! Since you guys released it, I seem to compare all the software I use to Coda... Everything from email clients to the Finder... I just wish everything was designed as beautifully as Coda and worked as well. (OK, the fantastic CSSEdit is on equal footing here, I have to say.) Keep up the great work.
Anonymous Dave 6/14/2007 1:21 PM  
Damn...major sweetness! Congrats!
Blogger Eric Jasso 6/14/2007 10:49 PM  
The award was no surprise to me; the app has generated more positive buzz than I've seen in a while. What surprised me is it was a surprise to the winners. I always guessed winners knew in advance. Maybe not the category or winner/runner-up. I'd figured winners got a "you really should come to the awards" call before WWDC. A winner might otherwise have blown off the awards for an early nap, or even skipped WWDC entirely.

Kudos, well-deserved.
Anonymous Mitch Cohen 6/15/2007 6:19 AM  
Pretty much seems to be a foregone conclusion at this point: New Panic Product = Apple Design Award. Congratulations again!
Anonymous Courtney 6/16/2007 4:43 AM  
Amazing video. Congratulations!
Blogger dalas v. 6/18/2007 4:28 PM  
Congratulations. I couldn't agree with the judges more.
Blogger Kevin 6/23/2007 11:43 AM  
Awesome! Congrats! Time to build a huge Apple Design Award vault which you guys can swim around in, between your pan-continental adventures and repeated thwarting of the Beagle Boys.
Anonymous Jake 6/23/2007 1:20 PM  

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Name:Cabel Maxfield Sasser
Job:Co-Founder, Panic Inc.
Location:Portland, OR