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 Principal Designer at Adobe. Previously, Khoi was co-founder and CEO of Mixel (acquired in 2013), Design Director of The New York Times Online, and co-founder of the design studio Behavior, LLC. He is the author of “How They Got There: Interviews with Digital Designers About Their Careers”and “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.
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To be completely honest, I felt like the technology side of the conversation was not appropriately represented. The conversation, in my opinion, needed some tempering with a voice that didn’t come from a traditional design background. In this way, the technology side of the conversation could have balanced out the opinions of all the panelists. However, maybe I have simply misunderstood the purpose of the conversation. Here’s the thing: I left the room with the feeling that the panelists didn’t really have a firm grip on the technology side of the issue. And I guess this worries me because I thought that was the point.
Definitely a design-focused panel, but based on the background and focus of the presenters, entirely appropriate. I thought it was great that Mark (Boulton) was there to be opinionated and inspire some mildly contentious back-and-forth that made the whole thing that much more interesting.
I think newspaper design is a great crucible for the kind of transitional challenges you discussed in the panel. On the one hand, in print, newspapers are the bastion of “traditional” design methods, where the conventions are consistent and understood, and all the effort goes into information hierarchy and art direction. On the other hand, on the web, newspapers are often foundering to either force the old models (and the old audience) onto the web, or take advantage of the new models to engage a new audience without cannibalizing the old one.
I enjoyed the panel, I’m sure it’s a relief to be finished with it.
Great job, I’m hoping to run into you and say hi over the next few days.
Khoi, I couldn’t say this until SxSW finished, but I can say it now: This was my absolute favorite session of the entire conference.
Rather than simply feeding techniques and solutions to the attendees, the panel challenged us to create websites that evoke emotional responses in a way print media can and does on a regular basis.
I found it both illuminating and inspirational. Please share my sincere gratitude to the whole panel.
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