Using IMGIX to Personalize Knolled Images

Deconstructed: Photo by Todd McLellan. Knolling is the process of arranging different objects so that they are at 90 degree angles from each other. The term originates from a janitor named Andrew Kromelow in 1987 who would arrange tools using this method for a popular furniture brand called Knoll. Commonly photographed from above, knolling is a highly popular method for promoting products from companies like Instagram to Apple.

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Learning ES6: New Methods for Arrays

In ES6, we get a bunch of new native methods for Arrays that are super useful! This is a short blog post that goes over each of the new methods - .from(), .of(), .find(), .findIndex(), .some(), and .every() - and how they work.

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Learning ES6: Loops & Iterators

This week, we learned about Iterable objects, three different kinds of loops in Javascript, and a new for of loop that ES6 gives us the best of all three worlds!

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Learning ES6: Strings and Destructuring

EcmaScript 6 is one of the newer versions of Javascript that we're now using in a few projects across our teams, and most significantly in our New Design Lab project! As we start to iterate on new features for the lab, we're reviewing and ramping up on the cool shiny features ES6 brings to the table. This week, we learned about some new string methods and destructuring.

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Spawnfest Retrospective

This year I participated in SpawnFest 2017, a two day hackathon focused around the BEAM virtual machine. With judging finished, I felt this an appropriate time to reflect on the architecture and process of my submission.

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Clipart on AWS Lambda

In our design lab, each request to add a new piece of clipart or process a user upload touches our clipart service. Historically, this application has been hosted on EC2 which has led to some problems for us. A combination of inconsistent load and random hangups on certain files has led to it becoming an operational and financial burden. We chose to undertake the work to migrate the code path which was the worst offender to AWS Lambda. While not...

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Power Moves: SQL Server on Linux, Rails, and Docker

Microsoft is releasing new versions of SQL Server on Linux more and more frequently. Last month brought us SQL Server 2017 Community Technology Preview 2.0 and like the others before, it's a breeze to use with Docker.

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