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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Happiness doesn’t enter into it in the long haul, I think. Neither does fun. The process starts out that way, sure, but you can’t keep that up for months on end. Better advice would be that when you start feeling like what you’re doing has become yet another job that must be done, remember how you felt about it when you began and hope the players will experience the same when you’re finished. Do not quit.
‘Fulfillment’ might be a more appropriate word than ‘fun’ or ‘happiness’. I think that’s what “the contrarian” was going for.
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