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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I especially like the MP emblems.
The USS Hornet emblem was very well done, perhaps even better than some sports logos of today.
My wife’s grandfather was Hank Porter, who directed a group of five artists to produce these insignia designs. A few years back, his son, my father-in-law, decided to bring out some old drawings and tissues he had stowed away in the attic. For hours we looked at awe inspiring original art work, from initial drawings of Snow White to sketches of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and other characters. Among them were a couple of these insignias. They are indeed rare and my father-in-law has send them to a guy who is currently writing a book about Hank Porter and a couple of other artists from that time. This guy (the name escapes us at the moment) feels that Hank did not get enough recognition at Disney for what he created.
My father-in-law became a commercial artist and worked in the advertising business in New York for over 40 years drawing storyboards, ads and just about anything else. Talk about having been there during the “Mad Men” time. He is/was also a very talented photographer. My brother-in-law is a fine arts painter. On his website he mentions his grand father. My wife is a designer and sculptor. This thing with the art gene is definitely true. Can be intimidating at times to be surrounded by a family of talents, but, seriously, I feel fortunate.
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