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Default Sort, or what would Shannon do?

This post was originally posted on Cooper Hewitt Labs on Jun 06, 2013 Up until recently our collections website displayed search results ordered by, well, nothing in particular. This wasn’t necessarily by design, we just didn’t have any idea of how we should sort the results. We tossed around the idea of sorting things by date or alphabet, but this seemed kind of arbitrary. And as search…

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Welcome to object phone. Your call has been placed in a queue.

This post was originally posted on Cooper Hewitt Labs on Apr 18, 2013 I made another small thing. Again, another way for me to experiment with the Collection API, and again, another way to experiment with new ways of accessing the collection. This time, there aren’t many screen shots to display–there is no website to look at. This time, it’s “Welcome to object phone!” (718)…

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Introducing the Albers API method

This post was originally posted on Cooper Hewitt Labs on Feb 06, 2013 We recently added a method to our Collection API which allows you to get any object’s “Albers” color codes. This is a pretty straightforward method where you pass the API an object ID, and it returns to you a triple of color values in hex format. As an experiment, I thought it…

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Curatorial Poetry

This post was originally posted on Cooper Hewitt Labs on Jan 16, 2013 I made a fun thing…yesterday. In my 20% time, downtime, er.. 2am time, I decided to build a simple tumblr blog called Curatorial Poetry. I was inspired by Aaron’s take on our collection data and how he chose to present objects in our collection that have no image, but have a “description.”…

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