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.+
One of my new rules for getting more things done in the incredibly limited time I have between waking and sleeping is: don’t sit there trying to come up with something to post about on your weblog if you have nothing to post about on your weblog. That’s what I’ve been trying to do for the past ten minutes, when I realized that, shit, I could be answering emails to people who have been very patiently waiting for replies. Or I could be making some of the little tweaks that constantly need to be made to this site. Or I could be watching another episode of Ken Burns’s “Baseball” documentary, which I’m enjoying immensely. Or I could be working on any of the several Web projects I’ve been scheming in my head for months.
As it turns out, however, I do have something to post about on my weblog. Vote: the Machinery of Democracy, which Behavior designed for the Smithsonian Museum of American History, has received another commendation: a Gold Medal for Excellence from the Society of Publication Designers. If you have a look at the winners’s list, you’ll see “Smithsonian Online Exhibition” listed there in the last column — it’s not exactly a star-making listing, but it tickles me all the same. In school and as a young and inexperienced designer, I used to pore over the SPD’s gorgeous annuals, so to be recognized — twice now, as our work for the AIGA’s Gain was recognized last year — is really kind of unreal.+