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, Design Chair 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. Refer to the advertising and sponsorship page for inquiries.+
If It Ain’t Spoke…
I’d never been to any of the previous AEA’s, but I kind of had an idea what to expect: the whole enterprise focuses on Jeffrey Zeldman and Eric Meyer’s particular, cross-disciplinary approach to technology, and its tone is an outgrowth of the exceedingly down-to-earth and approachable personalities of these two giants of their field. So I had expected to find a friendly, informative and eclectic program of speakers and topics. And that’s exactly how it was; I’m glad, too, because I put in a bit of extra effort to tailor a presentation specifically for that audience, one that really relied on having AEA’s particular mix of high-level design thinkers and roll-up-your sleeve style design practitioners in the same audience.
I wasn’t quite sure how it would come off, but at the very least, several really nice folks in the audience gave me quite positive feedback afterwards. At any rate, I had an excellent time presenting and also sitting in the audience — the other speakers were all terrific (at least the ones I saw on Monday, as I couldn’t attend Tuesday’s sessions due to work).
Attendees can get a slightly abridged version of the slideshow I prepared for the conference for download. I’m thinking about making it available here, too, but I also plan to give a modified version of the same talk at some future engagements. So what I might do instead is start to outline a few of the concepts that I touched upon in upcoming blog posts. Just as a quick summary, though, my talk outlined a typical day in my personal and professional life, how design figures into most all of it, and my approach to getting all of it done. More to come…+