Design Systems

JavaLamp

To: 
Present
From: 
1994

Okay, maybe it shouldn't be in my portfolio.

I had just received an email containing the Java 1.0 Specification. I was wicked excited.

Pulled an all-nighter. And if you mess with the timing and sort of squint, it does have a swirly, Lava Lap quality, though the dynamics are not quite right.

Problem Definition: 

To master Java AWT (Java 1.0)

Approach: 
To parameterize: Moore's Law. Actually by adjusting the timing loops down, the effect isn't all too bad. An internal method added to the init() could look for processor speed and scale the parameters. In my next life perhaps.
URL: 
http://gimmick.com/lamplighter

Facilities Manager

To: 
2006
From: 
1995

One of my favorite projects.

Chemical Bank asked Design Systems to integrate existing DBASE databases of assets with their AutoCad drawings into an intranet.

Users would be able to browse drawings, identify cataloged assets and maintenance items on the web instead of requireing AutoCad. (Remember this was 1994 -- .DWG viewers were few and far between.

The resulting mix of AutoLISP, HTML, dynamic image mapping, and scheduled cron jobs was known as the Chamical Bank Facilities Navigator.

Problem Definition: 

Integrate dissimilar packages into a web presence.

Approach: 
Low-tech, low-price solution using materials, protocals, data, and techniques at hand.
Result: 
I got a call from the client 10 years after sign off. The application had been up -- with minor modifications -- continuously for 10 years without additional maintenance!
URL: 
Private
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