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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You’re right. The B&W version of the photograph is significantly better. Love the tee, too.
I saw this photo of you back after SXSW and have been trying to find the t-shirt ever since. Great photo, awesome tee. Now that you point me to it, it’s sold out. You did that on purpose, didn’t you?! 🙂
The b&w has a level of grit to it that the colour version doesn’t. And the starkness on the shirt comes across much more bold than it does in the colour version. Nice shot all ’round. 🙂
Great shot. That text is CRISP!
Yes, it has quite some Hiro in it.
Thank you, I will be here all week.
Naz’s pics of me from SXSW, including one in that B&W set, are among my fave images of myself I’ve ever seen, too.
Hey, if you’ve got a photo of yourself that is that awesome, you should definitely flaunt it. And I think the B&W version works so well because the text is just so much brighter than the rest of the photo – it really jumps out.
I must have missed why you are so obsessed with this one font. It’s okay, it is a good font and all. I see it everywhere so it in no way needs you to promote it. There are so many fonts why do you champion such a common one?
Hey, how come Arial is specified before Helvetica in Subtraction’s CSS?
Stephen Cole: On Upcoming, we tried using Helvetica before Arial in our CSS for a time, but the rare Windows users with Helvetica installed looked awful because of Microsoft’s font rendering, so we switched it back.
i dig b/w shots, but this one needs some exposure & brightness/contrast tweaking.
ever the critic. sorry.
Stephen: the answer is just as Andy describes. Windows renders Helvetica very poorly at the text sizes I’m using. I had to make the unfortunate decision to use Arial so as not to punish those Windows users with taste and savvy enough to install Helvetica. It seemed like the right thing to do, in spite of my general distaste for Arial.
And a pity that this t-shirt is out of stock.
Sean’s right, great photo, but needs a little Photoshop love..
Helvetica costs my shirt. No way I’ll be able to get that font on my PC in a while. Meanwhile, Arial came bundled with Windows on this laptop.
I wish Helvetica became free, or at least made into the core web fonts in one way or another.
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