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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Yeah, it’s definitely well done, but it’s also a terrible (and scary) idea. What happened to privacy? I do realize that mug shots are part of the public domain, but releasing them with this sort of publicity is pretty disconcerting.
I know this is a bit off topic, Khoi, but all of your posts (whether they’re links or articles) come in on the same RSS feed and I don’t really know how to differentiate between different posts. I almost wish you could mark your longer entries in the feed so I know when to click through to read them in full.
Hmm not sure about the accuracy 😛 Look at this one closely….
Poynter Archived Chat: The Ethics of Posting Mug Shots Online:
Matt Waite, a member of the three-person team who developed the site, answers questions about the site.
He explains why you can’t search by race.
D Perry: Thanks for that backgrounder link.
Joey: When I redesigned this blog with Expression Engine, I merged the shorter posts with the longer posts, reasoning that for most users there’s probably little distinction between one kind of post or the other — there’s just what I write.
I haven’t heard many complaints about that, but there have been a few. Anyway, your wish is my command. If you look in the sidebar on the home page (or the header of any page) you’ll see that you can now subscribe to long posts only. Hope that helps.
Wow, that was quick! I do enjoy reading all of your posts, but I especially like to read your articles in the original design they were intended rather than through a feed reader. The new feed you added solves that problem. Cheers.
Interesting to hear you say that, Khoi, because one of the biggest concerns I’ve heard raised by journalists about this site is its design: The focus on the mugshot. There are some who say it crosses the line into something like newstainment, and have even compared it to the likes of “To Catch a Predator.” I think they are wrong, and think it’s defensible on journalistic grounds alone. The information is good. It is gathered and published responsibly (which is one of the reasons race is not included). And the design is compelling.
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