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Icelab in 2012
Before it gets too late, let’s look back at what Icelab did in 2012, since it was definitely a year worth remembering.
First up, the most important bit. We shipped a lot of work:
- A brand new site and publishing system for The Thousands
- The Museum of Australian Democracy’s Election Speeches
- The University of Melbourne Course Search
- Also for the University of Melbourne, their Events site
- A touchscreen interactive for the National Museum of Australia’s Convict Tokens collection
- The Australian National University’s ANU Quest app for iPhone & iPad, Android and also the mobile web.
- Youcamp, for helping you find amazing camping experience on private land
- E-ticket support for Ticketscout
- A mobile-optimised treasure map of Canberra for the city’s centenary
- A responsive web design update for the Museum of Australian Democracy’s home page
- The 2012 edition of MoAD’s Behind the Lines
- And a design facelift for MoAD’s Dismissed
- A cute online quiz for the Rosie Project
- A custom interactive map explorer for the Strathfield LEP
- A new website for Indigenous Community Volunteers
- And a new design for Renew Newcastle
We did all of this with a more distributed team than ever:
We started the year with Max working from Melbourne, and within twelve months we gained a whole team there, along with a raft of great clients and an office in Fitzroy. Thanks to our friends at Inventive Labs for making this possible, and thanks to Narinda, Toby and Ally for their contributions in Melbourne. Wrangling all those people and projects isn’t trivial, so we hired Melissa in August.
Back in Canberra we also had David join the team, and right before Christmas we moved into a newer, more spacious studio in Hobart Place.
We also had a chance to travel to events. In February, we got nearly everyone down to NZ for Webstock, and in May Hugh and Tim hit up Singapore for RedDotRubyConf. We capped off the year with all our developers heading to Tasmania for RailsCamp 12.
And that’s not all we did. Here are a few more assorted highlights:
- Hugh also made a very nice framework for such interactives, allowing a full Rails app to be used as the CMS, with an automated static site export for each in situ installation and update.
- Max spoke at Web Directions Code about HTML 5 drag and drop APIs.
- Tim scratched an itch and shipped gentlyremind.me as a side-project. Your Twitter favourites were never more valuable.
- Hugh helped reboot the Canberra Ruby Crew, and kicked it off with a talk on Rails Responders.
- Tim got serious with RubyMotion, giving introductory talks at both the Canberra Ruby Crew and RailsCamp.
- We saw another 2,000 reviews pile into Decaf Sucks.
Talk to us in 2013
Our team is ready to make great things. This year’s already off to a flying start, but we’d love to talk to you about making your big idea a well-executed reality. Talk to us.