"For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin -- real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. This perspective has helped me to see there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. So treasure every moment you have and remember that time waits for no one. Happiness is a journey, not a destination."
Best 2013 tech headline
2013 video picks
2013.02.03 - 2013.02.09
2013.01.27 - 2013.02.02
2013.01.20 - 2013.01.26
2013.01.13 - 2013.01.19
2013.01.06 - 2013.01.12
2012.12.30 - 2013.01.05
2012 video picks
2012.12.23 - 2012.12.29
2012.12.16 - 2012.12.22
On April 9, 2013, Sandrific.com was named an Official Nominee for Weird in the 17th Annual Webby Awards! The website has been recognized by the Webbys five years in a row (helloooo Five-Timers Club), as Official Honoree for Weird in 2012 and 2011, Official Honoree for NetArt in 2010 and nominated for Best Personal Website in 2009. I'm floored. THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
On January 7, 2011, Sandrific was named a Pixel Awards People's Champ for Weird in the 5th Annual Pixel Awards! So stoked & honored! A big thank you to everyone who voted for Sandrific!
Sandrific received a 2009 Silver Award from the Art Director's Club of Denver on September 25, 2009. Thanks, ADCD!
Hello and thanks for visiting. My name is Elizabeth Kimak, but friends call me Betsy. This is my personal website.
For 15+ years, I have managed web properties for educational and government organizations. I enjoy working on projects at any stage - from ideation and strategy to content development. I also code.
Some words that could be in my title: web, digital, interactive, producer, director, creative, strategist, technologist, developer.
I've been consumed by the house restoration - pics and a new blog are in the works (here's the old one).
In between felling trees, clearing juniper forests and removing layers upon layers of paint I've also been doing some design work for Soundwall, an IoT startup in Boulder. Check them out at soundwall.co!
One of my tweets helped Joe get a writeup in Fast Company - (wow!) - way to go Joe!!
Now that Fargo is back up I've moved my linkblog there, check it out for stuff you may have missed: bkio.smallpict.com.
I'm on Github! I was blogging (experimentally) on Dave Winer's Fargo platform. But then Trex crashed. So I joined the Concord open source community to help build a few bridges. My first repo is Concord to PHP.
Mobile site launch (pro bono): arapahohills.org
My husband and I finally bought our first house. It's a 52-year-old historic MCM that needs a lot of TLC. #YOLO.
Rolled out events ticketing and membership e-commerce components for the Art Director's Club of Denver. Several months of team planning, member contacts formerly stored in flat dbs are now tightly integrated with BuddyPress profiles and services from multiple outside providers are now self-hosted. The improved workflow streamlines communications and transactions with club members.
I'm taking a dip at going pro. My first premium WordPress theme is now for sale on Hackistry, my new indie marketplace. It's a big, beautiful theme called Nassau, which reflects my software philosophy: minimal, carefree and sustainable. Here's the live demo.
I entered two proposals in the Knight News Challenge!
#1: Grantraiser. How do you discover grant opportunities? Here is my idea. Will it work? Should it be funded? Please share your thoughts about my entry and vote it up on the Knight Foundation's Tumblr here.
#2: Sandrific Mobile. Sandrific is in need of mobile enhancements to deliver the best sandy experiences to those on the go. Will you help? Please support my entry by liking it on the Knight Foundation's Tumblr here.
1,078 amazing, creative digital media ideas were entered -- give some love to your other favorites, too!
Having spent all of February twypoing with 9 fingers after slicing through my fingernail with a bread knife, I guess the only natural thing to do was to write my first Wordpress plugin. Breadcrumbs Everywhere adds breadcrumb trail navigation to BuddyPress 1.5.x with one easy line of code and it's fully customizable for theme developers. Download it from WordPress.org.
This month, I'm working on the design + build of a website for a new eco-tourism business in the Bahamas.
It was an honor these past 8 months serving as Creative Technologist for the Special Court for Sierra Leone. A pilot Buddypress-powered community website was presented at the International Prosecutors Colloquium meeting. Read the case study.
Thrilled that the Art Director's Club of Denver's new website finally came together. What an amazing team. This was one of my all-time favorite pro bono projects. Read the press release.
Picked up a milk bottle at the Art Director's Club of Denver's Annual Show on 9/23. Honored to be in the book in Social Media for The Marilyn Manifesto iPhone app. Thanks ADCD!
I'm booked with a client through summer and seeking opps for fall. It's an amazing, super-secret project involving the design + build of an international community website. Stay tuned for info!
Sandrific won People's Champ!
Sandrific is a 2010 Pixel Awards Nominee! Please VOTE HERE to help Sandrific win the People's Champ award in the *WEIRD* category. XOXO
I'm honored to be serving as the first-ever Digital Chair for the Art Directors Club of Denver and to be part of this wonderful group of creatives. Find me here, here, here, here, here, here, or here anytime, and share with me what the intersection of art + technology means to you.
After a summer of studying Objective-C, I took the plunge and became a registered Apple iOS Developer.
My latest personal project: The Marilyn Manifesto. It's the culmination of a two-month effort to secure permission to use a photo of Marilyn Monroe on one of my websites. I hope you enjoy it.
Created the branding and website for Community Conch, a new nonprofit established by three expert scientists. Their research is helping reduce overfishing of queen conch by expanding Marine Protected Areas in the Bahamas. Read the case study.
The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) is a strange bunch...and now I'm one of them.
Someday...a redesign of this site.
I'm always interested in building relationships with new clients. If you'd like to drop me a note, email me. I'd love to hear from you and learn about what you're doing. If you're working on an interesting project and need some help, let's talk. Maybe we can work on it together!