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.+
Peter Merholz notes how the discourse around digital product design has shifted towards the superficial. To him, debates over flat versus skeuomorphic, color schemes, parallax scrolling and other presentational techniques are a distraction from the lower strata of his colleague Jesse James Garrett’s five planes of user experience rubric. His position is not altogether condemnatory, but rather cautious.
I’ve realized I’m grateful for the passionate conversation around Surface — it means that people care and are engaged. Still, we must be vigilant in maintaining similar attention to those deeper layers, precisely because their abstraction makes them more challenging to discuss.
Read the full article at Peterme.com.+