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.+
Here is one of the main reasons I decided to rebuild my site with ExpressionEngine: this new framework now allows me to publish entries that are primarily pictorial.
Anyone who’s read my blog with any kind of regularity over the years knows that I’m prone to verbosity in my rambling. Modesty aside, I’m proud of whatever facility with words that I have, but I’m honest with myself in knowing that brevity is not among my strong suits. As a result, blogging has always been time-intensive for me: I’ll often labor over posts for hours and expend many words in making a point when only just a few minutes and a few sentences were truly necessary.
So here finally is a solution that, happily, capitalizes on the inherent truth in the equivalence of pictures to words. I say ‘happily’ because, efficiency aside, the ability to publish pictorial entries gets me back in the business of expressing myself visually. I do, after all, make my living in large part as a visual communicator. For years, while blogging, I found it very difficult to find an outlet for that side of my authorial ambitions. Hopefully, this will help.
Of course, this was made much easier thanks to the remarkable flexibility of ExpressionEngine. In order to accommodate these fundamentally different kinds of posts alongside my other posts, I simply combined multiple “weblogs” into a single, coherent flow. Easy. I also needed to make separate provisions for pictures of landscape and portrait orientations with custom CSS. Check. For those looking for my in-depth assessment of working with ExpressionEngine, this is not it, but suffice it to say, it works great for this kind of stuff. Look for more of these pictorial posts soon… probably accompanied by fewer words than this, though.+