Kevin Makice

Kevin Makice

Community Experience Designer at Envisage Technologies

Bloomington, Indiana Area

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Kevin Makice's Overview

  • Woodstock Community High School

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Kevin Makice's Experience

Community Experience Designer

Envisage Technologies Corporation

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Computer Software industry

October 2013Present (1 year) Bloomington, Indiana Area



Privately Held; 1-10 employees; Professional Training & Coaching industry

2009Present (5 years) Bloomington, Indiana

SociaLens is a research and consultancy firm specializing in strategic use of digital tools within organizations. As a co-founder of the company with Christian Briggs, we have adapted Elinor Ostrom's Nobel Prize-winning theories on common-pool resources to form a framework for analyzing factors influencing an organization's ability to succeed through digital fluency. I have provided technical expertise in developing a survey platform for self-assessment of skills, instrumental in providing a baseline for improvement. Together, we have written a book on digital fluency, "Digital Fluency: Building Success in the Digital Age."

Occasional Contributor

GeekDad LLC

Sole Proprietorship; 11-50 employees; Writing and Editing industry

2009Present (5 years) The Internets

GeekDad is a multi-author blog dealing with geeky tools, events and issues around the intersection of parenting and technology. Started in 2006 by Wired's Chris Anderson, GeekDad covers topics as diverse as gaming, Internet and media culture, application development, literature, programming, comics and maker projects.

Ph.D. Candidate (Informatics)

Indiana University, School of Informatics

Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry

March 2006Present (8 years 7 months) Bloomington, Indiana Area

My research interests span the academic space between Human-Computer Interaction Design and Complex Systems, examining holistic design of groups and organizations. My dissertation focuses on the specific problems women face online trying to engage in meaningful political discussion, and the impact of application design on their perceived efficacy of political discussion. I have also studied local use of digital media, sports informatics, and phatic communication as a factor in design.

User Experience Architect, Kuali Student

Indiana University Bloomington

Educational Institution; 5001-10,000 employees; Higher Education industry

July 2011October 2013 (2 years 4 months) Bloomington, Indiana Area

Kuali Student is a multi-institutional community source project to develop an Internet-based enterprise application to manage higher education. As a member of the Core UX group, my primary task was to establish and document design standards that could be used to improve Agile development of the software.

UX Designer


Privately Held; Myself Only; Market Research industry

April 2009December 2010 (1 year 9 months) Bloomington, Indiana

pixSmix was a design concept for a reflection engine that pulled meaningful data about visual materials from individual manipulation of images to form collages.

User Research Specialist


Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Internet industry

May 2007December 2007 (8 months) Mountain View, California

Working collaboratively with a small team of User Experience Designers and various project managers and engineers, I was tasked with developing user-centered strategic designs for the underlying search categorization technology of the company. Domain areas include travel, health, autos, blogging and local interest. During the extended internship, I was responsible for gathering insight, exploring design opportunities, participating in design strategy, recommending tangible design expressions and communicating the essence of these ideas.

Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Entertainment industry

January 1999August 2004 (5 years 8 months) Crystal Lake, Illinois

I served as the primary internet developer for and as the company made its way to the World Wide Web for the first time (in 1999 and 2001, respectively). My primary duties evolved from simple web design and HTML coding to Cold Fusion and Transact SQL programming, ultimately creating and providing technical support for several systems.

Educational Institution; 201-500 employees; Higher Education industry

January 1999December 2000 (2 years)

My duties included design and construction of a school-wide web-based content management system. This involved regular interaction with technical and administrative contacts in the various programs within the school. I also provided programming support and training to other employees responsible for web presence. During my stay, I researched, implemented and maintained the "Kelley Cam," an internet camera strategically placed to monitor progress on a new building for the Business School.


Real World Creations

May 1996December 2000 (4 years 8 months) Hampshire, Illinois

As a freelance web designer in the early days of the consumer Internet, I dedicated my efforts to bringing small businesses onto the World Wide Web. Included in these efforts was, an expansive community website for Woodstock, Illinois. The site featured regular news updates from the local newspaper, discussion boards, a virtual tour of the city, a popular daily trivia game, and the first live-blogged high school football games in the nation.

Kevin Makice's Publications

  • Digital Fluency: Building Success in the Digital Age

    • May 2012

    Change brings with it unique opportunities to innovate, to adapt to what the world offers and address what it needs. For the first time in human history, however, organizations are operating in an environment changing at an unprecedented pace and in ways that pose fundamental challenges to the way we live, work and socialize. As leaders wrestle with this reality, one vital question frequently comes to mind: How can we adapt and help ourselves succeed in the digital age? Digital Fluency was written to help you answer this question by working through the hopes, questions and fears behind it, and moving toward strategic use of digital tools. Grounded in original research, and including both practical insights and tips for improving, this book helps us think about and improve one of the key factors in success: digital fluency

  • Twitter API: Up and Running (1st Edition)

    • O'Reilly Media
    • March 2008
    Authors: Kevin Makice

    This groundbreaking book provides you with the skills and resources necessary to build web applications for Twitter. Perfect for new and casual programmers intrigued by the world of microblogging, Twitter API: Up and Running carefully explains how each part of Twitter's API works, with detailed examples that show you how to assemble those building blocks into practical and fun web applications. You'll also get a complete look at Twitter culture and learn how it has inspired programmers to build hundreds of tools and applications.

  • Twitterspace: Co-development through Twitter to enhance community awareness

    • ACM: PDC
    • September 2008

    We describe the use of an ambient display called Twitterspace for promoting awareness of events and member activities within our community centers. Content for the display pulls from the social networking platform Twitter. Tweets, which are the recent posts from community members, move across large screens placed in public rooms. Through the concept of community-at-a-glance, we use these tweets to encourage enhanced community awareness and engagement. Although we are only in the beginning stages of our implementation, we have already seen changes in the way people behave with respect to their participation on Twitter. We have seen a surge of posting activity and a rise in the general awareness about the members of the community including remembering birthdays, having mini-conversations, and tracking which members are going to what events. With this participatory design project, we hope to further support general community awareness and allow members within our community to take ownership of the display both virtually and at their physical locations.

Kevin Makice's Skills & Expertise

  1. Social Media
  2. User Experience
  3. User Experience Design
  4. Human Computer Interaction
  5. Interaction Design
  6. Focus Groups
  7. Web Development
  8. XHTML
  9. Usability
  10. ColdFusion
  11. Usability Testing
  12. PHP
  13. HTML
  14. jQuery
  15. JavaScript
  16. CSS
  17. User Interface Design
  18. Information Architecture
  19. Web Design
  20. Wireframes
  21. Social Media Measurement
  22. Ethnography
  23. Software Development
  24. Social Networking
  25. WordPress
  26. InDesign
  27. Blogging
  28. User Research
  29. Programming
  30. Technical Writing
  31. Writing
  32. Agile Methodologies
  33. Web Applications
  34. User Interface
  35. Information Design
  36. Wire Framing
  37. Contextual Inquiry
  38. Persona
  39. Mobile Design
  40. Axure

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Kevin Makice's Education

Indiana University Bloomington

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Informatics


After earning a Masters degree in Human-Computer Interaction, I entered the new doctoral program at the School of Informatics. My dissertation (in progress) focuses on the specific problems women face online trying to engage in meaningful political discussion, and the impact of application design on their perceived efficacy of political discussion.

DePaul University



DePauw University

B.A., Physics, Theatre, Russian Studies


Woodstock Community High School


Activities and Societies: Valedictorian, Thespians, Swing Band, Golf Team, Academic Bowl, Math Team

Kevin Makice's Additional Information


Kevin Makice's Projects

  • Twitterspace

    • January 2007 to December 2010

    This project was designed to see if a large scale public display system pulling data from the Twitter zeitgeist would help improve awareness of activities in our school. I was responsible for creating the visual front end and with some design aspects, while Richie and Kevin created most of the design and Richie created the connection with Twitter. See more about this project on my portfolio page on my website.

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