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Pattern and efficiency are human needs

On November 22, 2020 in Blog

The Curious History of Alphabetical Order
By Judith Flanders

That we have acquired so much knowledge is astounding; that we have devised ways to find what we need to know quickly is what merits this original and impressive book.

Deirdre Mask, NYT


They’re part of who I am

On March 20, 2020 in Blog

“I’m sitting here staring at my old friends on the shelves,” said Prof. Baron, whose research shows there are lots of reasons people still feel attached to the printed-and-bound word. “Books are part of your personal history. They’re mementos from trips you took. They’re part of who you were. I am looking at my Gothic […]


You can’t use what you can’t find

On January 6, 2020 in Blog



Happy anniversary to CDI

On May 14, 2019 in Blog

There were 300 mugs like this in May 2004 when Colleen Dunham Indexing was incorporated in Seattle Washington. The intention was to do freelance indexing for six months or so. Fifteen years later we’re still at it — just one mug left but we’re still mapping that world of words. Thanks for the work, all […]


Buon anno

On January 2, 2019 in Blog

You’re glad to see an index in your Italian phrase book when it’s New Year’s Eve in Venice.


NYT picks for best books of 2018

On November 29, 2018 in Blog

The endless loop

On August 26, 2018 in Blog

Look it up!

On March 22, 2018 in Blog

It’s the thing

On March 2, 2018 in Blog



Engage with caution

On February 7, 2018 in Blog

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