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7 Things You Probably Know About Agenda

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I’ve been working at Agenda (Wunderman) for almost a year now.

Yes, time flies a little faster when you’re in advertising. So, what can I tell you about Agenda?

1. Everyone knows who Zeldman is: We love CSS. We love Web Standards. And we love our web design heroes; we’re just geeky like that.

2. The company started off selling browsers: Our CEO, Steve Hsia, started his business in Malaysia in the late Nineties as a Netscape Navigator reseller.

3. Our office is at Solaris, Mont Kiara: It’s a new place and it’s a relatively quiet place for an agency. And we’re right above Tenji (Warning: Link leads to food porn).

4. Everyone multitasks: Designers, like Agnes, can code and make magic in Flash, writers and art directors, like me, Khairul and Danny, create the user experience and information architecture. Of course, it can suck when you have to churn out copy AND create the sitemaps and user flows, but hey, it’s easier when the guy who’s laying out your design knows precisely how to code it.

5. We’re into usability and accessibility: We approach every website project with the idea of simply improving the user experience. It’s not just about making a pretty website; it’s also about making it fun and friendly towards the people who use it. We’ve got Paul, our creative director, and of course, Ari, to thank for this.

6. We like to do things differently: Just ask David. We’re constantly thinking of ways to run ad campaigns that are not based purely on traditional methods of web banners, microsites and Facebook pages. I think I’ve worked on, like, three interactive web banners since I got here. And that’s a good thing, I think.

7. We have a Foosball table: That no one ever plays.

Want to know more? Drop your questions in the comments section below.

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The User Experience Designer’s Anthem – Part 2

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Whitney Hess, you were indeed on to something when you declared Coldplay’s Fix You as the User Experience Designer’s Anthem.

Last night, I was driving home when I suddenly realized that The Klaxons ‘Not Over Yet’ could be a user experience anthem, too.

So, for the benefit of folks who haven’t heard of The Klaxons (or haven’t been to  Twilight Action Girl), here are the lyrics:

The Klaxons ‘Not Over Yet’

I’ll live for you
I’d die for you
Do what you want me to
I’ll cry for you
My tears will show
That I can’t let you go

It’s not over, not over, not over, not over yet
You still want me, don’t you
It’s not over, not over, not over, not over yet
Cos I can see through you
It’s not over, not over, not over, not over yet

Don’t let me down
Don’t make a sound
Don’t throw it all away
Remember me
So tenderly
Don’t let it slip away

It’s not over, not over, not over, not over yet
You still want me, don’t you
It’s not over, not over, not over, not over yet
Cos I can see through you
It’s not over, not over, not over, not over yet

Ooooh…
Yeahh…

I’ll live for you
I’d die for you
Do what you want me to
I’ll cry for you
My tears will show
That I can’t let you go

It’s not over, not over, not over, not over yet
You still want me, don’t you
It’s not over, not over, not over, not over yet
Cos I can see through you
It’s not over, not over, not over, not over yet
You still want me, don’t you
It’s not over, not over, not over, not over yet
‘Cos I can see through you.

Thanks for the inspiration, Whitney.

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How the world changes

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In 2005, the first website I’d point my browser to after booting up Firefox would have been Gmail.

It didn’t matter whether I was at work or at home on a Sunday, first things first, I’d check my email. It’s one of those compulsive things that I’m sure everyone else does when they switch on their computer.

In 2008, the first thing I do every day is Tweet.

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What the fuck have I been doing, lately?

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My non-posts have turned this space into a non-blog, so I guess I owe you regular readers an explanation as to my absence.

This is what I’ve been doing, lately:

  1. I’ve been looking after my Dad (and the family, too). I don’t think anyone really recovers from an aneurysm; you probably just get less worse. But he’s not in the hospital and that’s what matters.
  2. I’ve also been busy as hell. Not as busy as I was when I was in Proximity, but busy, nonetheless.
  3. I’ve made some cool new friends at work: Danny, Khairul and The Macallan from the pantry.
  4. I haven’t been producing or partying much, lately (see Point #1).
  5. But I have been playing games on my shiny new Xbox360. It’s an early birthday present from Nora. Boy do I have a lot of catching up to do.
  6. I somehow made it to the leaderboard for Twitter Elite in Kuala Lumpur. Then I got kicked off the top ten. But Nora‘s still on it. Atta girl.
  7. Been shopping online a lot more these days. I recently bought the book Generation Kill (‘liked the HBO series, too) for me, and I Can Has Cheezburger? for Nora. Thanks, Amazon.
  8. Speaking of which, I finished reading a few good books, too. The tally is now 190. And that’s the ones that I can remember. What a bookworm.
  9. Been listening to a lot more of hip hop and house music, for some reason. You can find some good mixes of both genres at places like FoundationKL or Blentwell.
  10. And last but not least, I’ve also been thinking of a new blog design. So, stay tuned. I guess.

Did I miss anything? I seriously can’t remember. Either way, more posts soon.

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Whee!

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I really wish I could say something.

But I can’t. Not right now.

I guess we’ll both have to wait for the official version.

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There goes the Kancils

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The bad news: We won’t be submitting any work for the Kancil Awards, this year.

That’s because we’re not a 4As agency.

The good news: We’ve got the go-ahead for submissions for the Webby Awards.

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Kancil Awards 2008 – Change the Game

It’s amazing how much the industry has changed over the period of a year.

Why, just look at the new Kancil Awards website. It’s so much better than that piece of crap they did last year. Honestly, guys, well done! And welcome to the World Wide Web.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to this year’s festival. There’s some really good speakers including CP + B’s Alex Burnard and of course, Iain Tate from Poke London. And, fingers-crossed, there should be even better interactive work this time around.

I really hope I can make it for the talks. And if I win anything again, well, that would be nice, too.

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