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.+
Last year I read Lawrence Wright’s riveting, frightening book, “Going Clear,” which goes deep inside the world of the Church of Scientology. When I finished, I was inspired to re-watch P.T. Anderson’s “The Master,” which was ostensibly based on a Scientology-like cult. In the course of watching, I took these screen captures of the many gorgeous, haunting close-ups of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in the role of Lancaster Dodd.
What a remarkable performance in a truly remarkable film. Thinking back now, I can’t recall a Hoffman performance that didn’t leave a mark. He was truly one of the most gifted actors of our time. Rest in peace, Philip Seymour Hoffman.+