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 should really check out BloombergBusinessweek on the iPad. It’s a close second to The Economist, in terms of a great experience on the iPad.
Anyway, the iPad issue, as all their issues, contains a brief introduction video from the editor. In it, he talks about that they did have to work very hard to get this out so quickly, but mentions that most of the material had already been written beforehand.
I suspect they had most of this to go months ago. It’s a common practice throughout the media industry.
Though yes, they did a great job! (no pun intended)
Absolutely gorgeous… a fitting tribute, indeed. Thanks for the heads up.
Brought me to tears. Well designed, inspired, good natured, and fun.
This looks stunning. I have been hunting for this issue so to buy it, but have had no luck. Headed to grab it for iPad.
Thanks for sharing this.
This is a really sharp and clever design. Though they probably had some of this in the can waiting for Job’s passing. It’s a bit morbid, but it helps when a page designer — for a newspaper or magazine — has the core of an obit ready. It clears your head to think about presentation. Most wire services have obits of old, sick celebs, politicians ready to send out. There was a famous AP mistake were they accidentally sent out Bob Hope’s obit when he wasn’t dead. I just got my issue of Bloomberg Businessweek in the mail. Unfortunately, The mailing label is on the back — my favorite (and I think the most ingenious) part of the design. I would’ve preferred the Goodbye Computer image as the main art for the design. Sorry Businessweek folks. Everyone’s a critic. Either way, bravo! Great job!
According to their @BizWeekDesign twitter feed, they dropped an entire issue that was ready to go 30 mins before press deadline, as soon as they heard Jobs had passed away. This lead to 20 hour design shifts.
Clearly the result is a passionate reflection of Steve Jobs impact on so many people’s lives. Not least the fact that was observed elsewhere, that the designers would not have been able to drop the issue so late (and re-do one from scratch) had it not been for Jobs reinventing the design industry. A fitting tribute.
Beautiful work. I’m sure every one of the individuals working on the magazine were happy and proud to be producing this for such a prolific and inspiration figure.
Clever design, hope I can grab a copy in the UK>
FIRST TIME REMARKER
If you need any reason to reaffirm your passion for print, please look no further than this issue. Maybe as a graphic designer, I’m a little too emotionally invested in Mr. Jobs’ work and legacy to offer clear perspective on this, but with every turn of this issue’s page, a few more goosebumps popped up on my body.
I brought the issue in to the studio the day after and played show and tell with all my colleagues — Tossing the issue on top of whatever they were working on — To say, “Get a load if this.”
Seamless execution from cover to cover. Congratulations @BizWeekDesign.
Wonderful. Thanks for sharing this, Khoi.
Read it on a flight this morning… absolutely beautiful. Thanks for the post – linking to it.
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