I’m a designer specializing in user interfaces for complex systems.
Keming Labs is my consulting firm, with clients in renewable energy, weather forecasting, futures trading, and synthetic biology.
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What Kevin is doing now
I’m currently in Oakland, California working on:
- Designing and manufacturing small, high-end consumer housewares
- Augmented reality + CAD + CNC to support one-off prototyping and machining of aforementioned goods
- Finda, a recognition-based, information-dense computer interface to end the tyranny of GUI windows, tabs, and useless hierarchy
I update this section on a monthly basis. Last updated: 2019 September 3.
I once made a cell phone out of resistors, capacitors, walnut, and leather.
Finda is a super-fast, super-opinionated desktop search app.
See also 20+ other talks on data visualization and programming.
- Reltron, a prototype relational database GUI (2018 August–2018 November)
- Stop Slacking, an email interface to Slack (2018 May)
- Sketch.systems, a playground for designing system behavior (2018 April–2018 July)
- Finda, switch to anything in under 16 milliseconds (2018 January–present)
- Subform, a digital UI design tool and layout engine (2015 June–2018 June)
- Moneyhawk, a personal finance tracker (2017 January–2017 October)
- Denizen, a user management service (2014 August–2015 June)
- Difftron, an image-diffing integration testing tool (2014 June–2014 October)
- Variance, grammar of graphics HTML data visualization (2014 April–2015 December)
- Weathertron, another iOS weather app (2013 June–present)
- The DevOp, guides/software for computering hygiene (2013 March–present)
- Weather Table, an iOS weather app (2012 December–2013 June)
- C2, a ClojureScript data visualization library (2012 March–2016 March)
- Kindle Games, developing for the black and white Kindle (2012)
- See my Github homepage for a comprehensive list of my open source work
Woodworking / Architecture projects
- Building a CNC enclosure, 40 dB of happier machining (2019 September)
- A Fusion 360 chair, first impressions on Autodesk’s hobbyist CAD (2019 March)
- Looking at a Volvo, thoughts on a $50k station wagon (2017 October)
- Stool-a-thon, a month-long celebration of stools + using up scrap lumber (2017 July)
- Workshop, designing and building a workshop (2016 July–2017 April)
- LSL cabinet, exposed framing meets in-wall storage (2016 May)
- Laser-cut tetrominoes, an excuse to learn SolidWorks (2015 January–2015 February)
- Phonetron, an artisinal walnut + leather cell phone (2014 July–2015 May)
- Pricing niche products: Why sell a mechanical keyboard kit for $1,668? (2019 August)
- Travel / nomadic living tips (2019 March)
- Performance of Rust’s match vs. lookup tables (2019 January)
- On “Real-time search of all bacterial and viral genomic data” (2019 January)
- On publishing emails (2018 December)
- On fast ClojureScript React templates (2018 November)
- A shipping puzzle (2018 October)
- On presenting relational data in tables (2018 August)
- Writing a 7000-character regex (2018 June)
- Practicing code interviews (2018 June)
- Subform export (2018 January)
- On direct manipulation (2018 March)
- Subform command architecture (2017 October)
- Statechart update (2017 October)
Please get in touch!
I love to hear from people, especially if I can help with their projects or careers! Please email me if you:
- want more details about any of my projects (tech implementation, business strategy, etc.)
- would like an introduction to someone (e.g. visualization/statistics, functional programming, or software design experts; investors in those domains)
- want feedback on something you’re making
If you think it’s weird to email people you don’t know — it’s not! Some of the best relationships I have, business and personal, started when one of us reached out to the other for help on a project, thoughts on a problem, or just coffee! So, if you’re considering emailing, please do it!
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