Emily Chang

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Emily Chang
Born Emily Yee Chang
January 7, 1972 (1972-01-07) (age 48)
Fairfax, Virginia, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Web designer

Emily Yee Chang (born January 7, 1972) is an American web designer and blogger currently living in San Francisco. She is the co-founder of Ideacodes, a web design consultancy in San Francisco and the creator of the blog and web resource, EmilyChang.com and eHub.



Chang graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of William and Mary in 1995 and went on to pursue graduate work in fine art (sculpture, installation, mixed media) at the University at Buffalo. She graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree in 2000. After graduate school, Chang became the first interface and information designer of the Electronic Media Unit at the University at Buffalo. She designed the interfaces and visual designs for all of the university external facing web presence, as well as working on the first student, faculty and alumni portal, known as MyUB. After a period of freelance design consulting, Chang took a position as Web Director at Cornell University, helping launch their first entrepreneur network online.

Web design

In 2005, Chang co-founded Ideacodes in San Francisco with long-time partner, Max Kiesler. She has designed, produced and developed web sites, blogs, portals, networked communities, and web products for technology companies, educational institutions, startups, non-profits, art and media organizations and organizations such as IDEO, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 23andMe, Hewlett Packard, Stylehive, Gigaom, Six Apart, and the Sierra Club.

Chang is actively involved in social media and open source and continues to promote the work of others in the field through her active web 2.0 resource, eHub. In 2006, CNET Japan began translating eHub interviews with technology startups and entrepreneurs for a Japanese audience [1].

Chang is also on the design and user experience advisory board for O'Reilly's Web 2.0 Expo [2] and was an invited judge for the 2008 Adobe Design Achievement Awards [3].


In 2008, Chang was listed among NxE's Fifty Most Influential Female Bloggers [4], included in Now Public's The Most Public Index, Silicon Valley [5], and acknowledged as one of the Top 50 Women in Technology by Go2Web [6].

Chang's community art project, ADD (analog digital diary) was a finalist in the 2004 SXSW Interactive Awards [7]. Two University at Buffalo websites launched with Chang's interface designs and won consecutive Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) grand gold awards: the external eUB website redesign in 2002 and the alumni website in 2003. Her design of a university portal gained distinction as IBM Best Practices Partner and won the WebDevShare Award for Innovation in Technology in 2001. Her internet work has also garnered Web Marketing Association's best education website, numerous CASE awards, and a UCDA Gold award.


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