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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The second version is my new iPhone home screen… so beautiful.
Indeed the first version looks more interesting to my eyes in terms of composition. There’s enough of the facade to suggest a seemingly endless building and the space on the right of the person leaves room for the direction she’s looking at. So that we can ideally trace a diagonal from top left to bottom right.
P.S any chance we can see this site being responsive? It’s a pain to leave comments using my phone. I wish I could comment directly from my RSS reader.
Is there one that let you do so?
It also works quite well as ‘branding’. Instagram = squares. It’s as simple as that. (Although, portrait format would work quite nicely for them too. I’m not a big fan of landscape format on IG – it’s just too small). I always chuckle when I see people using big DSLRs to shoot little pics on IG.
I’ve noticed a number of Instagram users I follow are now posting letterboxed photos so they appear rectangular, either landscape or portrait. They definitely stand out among a sea of squares.
So true. How frustrating Instagram can be with their “square only” policy.
Thank you for this post.
I do like the square format of your picture, if anything I would love to see it larger.
I rather have square pictures in instagram, more than letterboxed ones, for me it is part of the fun of composing for that app. Whenever I need to post some other format I end up in flickr.
Yeah sometimes squares just don’t cut it. I have cheated in the past and post edited photos occasionally by adding black bars to maintain the original photo’s dimensions.
While I tend to agree that the square format of IG is irritating sometimes, I think your square photo is more dynamically composed.
The woman placed in an extreme position in the frame and allows the negative space of the building to accentuate her position. It also increases the tension leaving the viewer to wonder what she is “looking” at. Lovely!
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