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Nico’s face improvements

Posted by    |   October 28th, 2010   |   No responses

It's now two weeks after Nico face-planted at the 24 Hours of Moab marathon mountain bike race. Here's a quick photographic face progress report:
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A fun site and a good deal

Posted by    |   October 22nd, 2010   |   No responses

This week, the Insight Designs team created a new site called Actually, designer Carlos Real gets almost all of the credit. And he did this fun, cool design from start to finish -- including implementation -- in just 2 days! The site's concept is similar to and - where consumers sign up to get amazing daily deals in their community. Check it out! And if you live in the Denver area, go ahead and sign up for some amazing deals!
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Take in a FLIC

Posted by    |   October 15th, 2010   |   No responses

After a summer hiatus, Boulder's FLIC is back at it, and Insight Designs is proud to continue sponsoring this great community event. Check it out! What: FLIC (food, libation & independent cinema) When: Thursday, Oct. 21 -- cocktails & cartoons at 6pm; featured film at 7:30 pm Where: Boulder Draft House, 13th Street between Spruce and Pearl in Boulder Featured Film: Winnebago Man Community Cause: Proceeds go to the Boulder County AIDS Project Food Bank and Meals on Wheels of Boulder I'll be there. Hope you will, too!
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Ouch! 12 Hours of Moab.

Posted by    |   October 11th, 2010   |   No responses

[caption id="attachment_587" align="alignright" width="224" caption="iphone photo from 3am Sunday, Oct. 10"]iphone photo from 3am Sunday, Oct. 10[/caption] It was yet another weekend of bike racing for Insight Designs business partner Nico Toutenhoofd. Nico and Mike Martin, CEO of juwi solar Inc. were doing the 16th annual 24 hours of Moab as a two-person team. (For those of you not in the know, the cyclists really do ride 24 hours in a row on some pretty tricky terrain in Moab, Utah.) Unfortunately this time, there's no win to report. Nico and Mike had to pull out due to injury. In Nico's email explaining what happened, he wrote: "Lesson learned... When you see the triple "X" signs on the trail, and it's the middle of the night, and you're tired, and they tell you to dismount your bike, you should... I had successfully ridden down "The Ledge" on my first 4 laps, but it was getting close to midnight, we were riding with lights on our bikes, I took a different line through the technical section, and I found myself flipping over the bars. My face took the entire impact -- I truly didn't get scratched or even bruised anywhere other than my face. I limped the 6 miles back to the medical tent where they told me to abandon the race and go to the emergency room. So I only made it half way through the 24-hour race." Nico got 5 stitches, lost half a tooth and is pretty swollen, but he'll be back at work tomorrow. Please give him a break is his speech is a bit garbled over the next few days.
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A little help after the fire

Posted by    |   October 1st, 2010   |   No responses

Before becoming a web entrepreneur, I was a journalist - a newspaper reporter for papers in Detroit, Boulder, Duluth and Washington DC. In those days, I often felt the pleasure of making a difference in the world. I'd write a feature on a non-profit that would result in tons of donations. I'd do a piece that exposed wrongdoing in local government. But in my 11-plus years in the web world, those feel-good experiences are fewer and further between. Yesterday, however, I had one of those moments. I got a call from a former client whom I hadn't heard from since 2004. His house was one of the 166 homes that burned during the Fourmile Canyon Fire in the foothills west of Boulder in September. It was the worst wildfire in Colorado history. My former client, Yates Lansing, is a sculptor who not only lost his home in the fire. He lost his studio. He lost his artwork. And he lost his computer, which contained what he thought were the only records of the sculptures he'd created over the past three decades. When he called me, he said he knew it was a long-shot, but he was hoping that somewhere Insight Designs might have an old copy of his website, which contained images of hundreds of pieces of his work. In less than an hour, we were able to locate the 2004 version of his website in our archives. By this morning, we had his website restored at We also added a new photo gallery called After the Fire that contains powerful images taken of the scorched sculpture garden surrounding the bare remains of what was once his glorious mountain home. Yates was thrilled and incredibly grateful that we found the old files. It wasn't much, but it was something. And for someone who's lost just about everything, something can mean a whole lot.
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