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NewViews

Day 15,151 Lots of new things in the new neighborhood around the new office at NewInc. Finding coffee, food, the right subway entrance–it’s going well. But for some reason I can’t stop thinking of this program called NewViews. We used it at my fathers company back in the late 80’s to do all the bookkeeping. It was mainly a command line database program. These are…

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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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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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