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Van builds things with forms and code. Prior to starting Icompendium in 2004, he taught Visual Thinking I, II, and Photography at Mercy College in NY. He's also been an invited speaker or critic at Yale, NYU, The School of Visual Arts, Maryland Institute of Art, The Art Students League, and Montclair State University. Van studied studio art at the University of Tennessee (BFA) and Yale (MFA). He has lived in Brooklyn, Queens, and East Asia.

As a technologist and long-time end user, Van advocates simple economic solutions.
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* If you signed-up after late 2018, you are probably using version 10. What's version 10?
Version 10 is a redesigned version of Icompendium, optimized for ease of use and an improved visitor experience. See live examples here.
I have an Icompendium site, can I try out version 10 before committing?
Yes! Send an email to and request this.
Will existing customers be forced to upgrade?
Does it cost more?
How is it better?
It is better optimized for different devices, higher image resolution and new design possibilities. You can also update your site faster with less steps.


How do I get started?
You can select a plan, a domain name, and complete the sign-up process. You should find it easy to get started but call +1.917.472.9997 and we'll walk you through the process if you like.
Can I buy my domain name when I sign-up?
Yes, this costs an additional $10 at sign-up.
What if I already have a website?
We'll provide a temporary address for you to create your Icompendium website, and then help you connect your existing domain to your new Icompendium website when you are ready.
How long does it take?
You can upload all your images and text in around 30 minutes, though some people spend longer depending on the amount of content they have.
How many images can I upload?
The lowest plan (Bronze plan - $200/yr) will allow you to upload thousands of images.
Do I need PhotoShop or other software?
Will my site appear in Google?
It should. If you have a Icompendium site, Googling your name should return your site. Google Suzanna Scott, Spencer Tunick, and Emily Hass to see for yourself.
Can I upload sound and video?
Yes, you can upload video and audio files (up to 300 - 500 MB in size depending on your plan). You can also embed files from sites like, and
Can you customize the system for me?
Possibly. We have set up custom options for many Icompendium users, and can quote you a rate for this. In many cases though, we can help users find available features that get close to what they want at no extra cost.
Is my site backed up?
Yes. All sites are backed up to a different data center, and offline storage. You can access your live back-up site on request.
If I need more space can I switch plans?
Yes, you can upgrade anytime for a pro-rated amount.