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.+
A plug for a nice project from some friends: The Shirt Project is a collaboration between Louise Ma (who works in the design group at NYTimes.com) and Rich Watts. It’s a not-for-profit experiment funded by a fellowship that the two recent graduates received from the Cooper Union School of Art.
The idea is to design, print and sell a series of tee-shirts featuring topical, news-driven graphics. Though customers can buy the garments on à la carte, The Shirt Project is most interesting as a subscription. For US$75, customers get five shirts, sent one at a time, every four weeks — or roughly on that schedule. There will be ten in total.
Each tee takes as the subject matter for its design a recent news event. So far, the two have tackled the steam pipe explosion in New York’s Midtown area, civil unrest in Myanmar, and a correlation between sunspots and the declining value of the dollar. All of them are beautiful, clever information graphics printed smartly on American Apparel cotton, available in men᾿s and women’s sizes.