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.+
I’ve tried several different cases for my iPhone 4 in the year and a half that I’ve owned it. My favorite has been this faux camera design made of real wood from my friends at Photojojo but it was admittedly a bit bulky and it eventually cracked, as wood naturally does. I keep coming back to the the Speck Pixelskin which is lightweight, reliable and not too bulky, yet very homely-looking.
This morning I came across this design concept that looks like it might nail that elusive intersection of form and function. It’s called Elasty and it was created by designer Yoori Koo. It’s a silicone bumper fitted with elastic strips which allow you to stash your headphones, pens, cards etc. on the back of the phone.
At the moment it’s only a beautifully-rendered idea, not a shipping product, but it did win a design award from tech accessories manufacturer Belkin, so maybe it’ll be available for sale soon. Find out more here.+