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 pretty much use three browsers continuously every day, but the browser I spend the most time in — out of choice — is still Firefox, despite the fact that it has gotten steadily less and less popular over the years. I appreciate Chrome’s sleek dependability and Safari’s deeply integrated Apple-ness. But I still like Firefox best, mostly for individual, quirky features that I’ve become accustomed to and don’t want to give up. I also happen to like its refreshed design, which after much road testing in beta form was finally released with version 29.0 late last month.
Firefox’s golden age on the desktop is well over, and the organization behind it seems to be investing more effort into the browser’s future as a mobile operating system (which strikes me as perhaps even less of a sure thing). But I still get a good deal of satisfaction out of supporting the Mozilla Foundation and its good works. And more than that, I like using a browser that is not owned by one of the major tech companies; that’s an independence that is becoming rare and may one day become a luxury.+