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Art Watching

Day 15,141 There’s something kinda calming about a couple of people looking at a couple of paintings. It’s an easy picture to grab. Just walk into any museum, find a nice corner, and snap away. They wont notice you. They’re too busy trying to figure it all out. So snap away with confidence. Later, have a look at your pictures. Pick out the one you…

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Empty Halls

Day 15,140 Not really sure where I’m going with this yet. I had a fun conversation over coffee, through a webcam, with another museum/cultural/consultant type. Of course, I was out of coffee before the conversation started, and didn’t want to be rude and get up in the middle of it to refill my cup. It was an interesting discussion nevertheless. Our chat bounced around a…

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Boat Tour

Day 15,138 I’m finding my way back through images and places I’ve been over the past six months. I’m trying not to think about it too hard, which is not easy for me. This one, from my trip to Amsterdam, earlier in the year, for the 2+3D Photography conference at the Rijksmuseum. This one was a big surprise for me. The conference was great, intimate,…

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Next week is my last week at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

That’s right. After nearly seven years, I am moving on from the museum, moving on from the Labs, and moving on to the unknown. It was a difficult choice, which I made over the holidays, and which has mostly to do with reasons that are largely personal. But simply put, it’s time for a change. There are so many wonderful things on the horizon in…

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Calendars for everyone

Day 14,936 I’ve been thinking a lot today about calendars and calendar systems. This is who I am. I loved this piece by Jason Fried on the way calendar systems are typically designed to allow anyone out there to manage your time. Jason thinks this is insane, and he’s right, but what’s the alternative? I set up my coffee calendar using a system that literally…

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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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