Hello

I'm Michael Donohoe and I think about, then build (or sometimes break) web things.

Product & web dev, father, former Brooklynite, with zero Irish accent. Director of Product Engineering at The New Yorker, previously launched Quartz from Atlantic Media - and back in the day software dev and Senior Product Engineer for The New York Times.

My work has been featured one way or another on The New York Times, Apple.com, Google, TechCrunch, Fast Company, GigaOm, The Atlantic Wire, MacWorld, Read Write Web, NiemanLab, Smashing Magazine, Life Hacker, and others. I've only ever received one two Cease & Desists and hope to collect more.


The best way to say Hello is on Twitter @donohoe. You can also find me on Hacker News, Google+, Dribbble, Stack Overflow, GitHub, LinkedIn, Tumblr, or email.

Hidden APIs of The New York Times
(2014)

A quick talk of some hidden data sources and features within the depths of the NYT website.

    New Yorker Quotes
    (2013)

    Checks hourly for Quotes within The New Yorker, and made available via the wonders of Tumblr and Twitter. PHP + YQL + OAuth + Tumblr/Twitter API

      Scientists!

      The future is almost upon us - where is our hoverboard?

        Romney Unlikes (2012)

        An amazing phenomena to observe - rare to see a Facebook page with critical mass of users and observable stream of Unlikes as people move on.

          Text-Only

          Clear any web page of almost everything - except the text. Drag the bookmarklet (below) to your Bookmarks Bar.

            Quartz

            Quartz, launching later this year, is a new kind of business news venture for the new global economy.

              The Deck (2011)

              "Collect and share your favorite web videos and watch them anywhere."

                Request-js

                Light-weight, cross-browser, framework independent, script to allow cross-domain requests in Javascript.

                  Hacker Views

                  Mini-web app using JSON with text preview (Readability) of Hacker News website - regenerated every hour

                    The Last Word

                    The last line of the last paragraph. Plays with Dropbox and NYTimes json feeds.

                      Nose to Tail

                      A presentation on unknown & obscure public data sources on NYTimes.com for their Hack Day

                        Seattle Sky

                        (On hiatus) An continuous snapshot archive of the Seattle sky throughout the day, every day

                          Facebook Classic

                          A bare-bones extension that undos some recent changes to the Facebook Newsfeed. Over 10,000 users to date.

                            Ochs (2011)

                            Ochs focuses on a less-is-more approach to NYTimes.com with new layout, UI, and treatments.

                              readah.com (2011)

                              Prototype of a iPad web app for full content, multiple source, reading application. Public demo is limited to Guardian content.

                                Emphasis (2011)

                                Originally built for NYTimes.com, it is now packaged into a Chrome extension so you can share and highlight passages on any web page.

                                  "Pictures" (2011)

                                  A prototype slideshow providing showing full sized photos from the Times. Optimized for mobile, tablet, and desktop.

                                    Twitter Accounts

                                    The most fun is @nytalerts - just follow it, it will DM breaking NYT alerts which most clients notify you of immediately.

                                      Pinned Site with Internet Explorer 9 (2011)

                                      The new IE9 allows you to pin your website to the Task Bar. I covered a simple implementation for the NYTimes. Developed on an iPad.

                                        Emphasis (2010)

                                        A dynamic and flexible way to deep-link and highlight content.

                                          LENS - Blog Posts

                                          A HTML5 alternative to Flash on Blog Post pages for MobileSafari (and any other browser too). It also adds linking to individual slides using URL hash.

                                            Safari Extensions(2010)

                                            Two extensions, News updates and Breaking News, were built ahead of the launch of Apples extension gallery.

                                              TimesOpen Events
                                              2.0 & Hack Day (2010)

                                              A series of talks by industry leaders, Twitter, Bitly, Facebook to Yahoo Research and our very own Hack Day.

                                                Kittenizer

                                                Kittens make every web page better! Money back guarantee or your money back.

                                                  Gmail Gadget (2009)

                                                  The TimesPeople gadget can be used to show the general feed of actions happening across NYTimes, or you can specify your own activity feed and see what your friends are up to.

                                                    T Magazine Video (2009)

                                                    Video page for to Magazine, with listings and player using Brightcove API

                                                      TimesWire (2009)

                                                      A continuous stream of the latest articles and blog posts published on NYTimes.com.

                                                        Boxee Demo (2009)

                                                        A demo app on Boxee using Times video content.

                                                          Megatron

                                                          Don't ask how or why but I started a Facebook Fan page for Megatron - then neglected it. It has over followers. No idea how.

                                                            NytUrl.com

                                                            A fun but short-lived experiment to provide NYTimes specific short URLs. It included a simple API and Bookmarklet.

                                                              Etsy Star

                                                              A simpler way to show and embed your favorite Seller's items from etsy.com.

                                                                TimesPeople (2008)

                                                                A way to recommend and share articles, videos, slideshows, and more with friends and readers.

                                                                Travel Redesign (2006)

                                                                A complete redesign and rethink of the Travel section, adding tens-of-thousands of Guides, Venues & more.

                                                                  Times Open

                                                                  I write contributions to our Open blog as part of our Developer program.

                                                                    Rick Santorum