is a blog about design, technology and culture written by Khoi Vinh, and has been more or less continuously published since December 2000 in New York City. Khoi is currently Vice President of User Experience at Wildcard and co-founder of Kidpost. Previously, Khoi was co-founder and CEO of Mixel (acquired by Etsy, Inc.), Design Director of The New York Times Online, and co-founder of the design studio Behavior, LLC. He is the author of “Ordering Disorder: Grid Principles for Web Design,” and was named one of Fast Company’s “fifty most influential designers in America.” Khoi lives in Crown Heights, Brooklyn with his wife and three children. You can reach him through one of the services below.+
Did you realize that the compact disc debuted thirty years ago this week? PRI’s Marketplace ran a story on it this past Monday (audio archive available; fast-forward to 20 mins., 45 sec.), in which they interviewed some of the original Sony engineers and marketers who developed the format. There’s been surprisingly little media coverage of this landmark, though it’s admittedly not the stuff of parades or three-day weekends.
Speaking of public radio, music and technological history, NPR’s Morning Edition has a six-part series of reports called “TechnoPop,” looking at the invention of key music technologies. Don’t forget to donate to your local public radio station.+