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.+
The mid-season finale of “Mad Men” airs tonight on AMC; it’s the last episode of the show’s seventh and final season, which was annoyingly cleaved in two by the network, before resuming next year for its concluding run. I’ve still been enjoying each episode as it airs, but even setting aside the unnatural pause, I’m ready for the show to be over. It’s taken quite a long time to get wherever it’s going, and with each passing episode I become less and less sure that where it’s going will offer a worthwhile payoff.
That’s not to take away from its accomplishments to date, though. It’s a terrifically well-made show that works on a number of interesting levels. As I wrote three years ago, my theory is that “Mad Men” is in truth principally about its distinctively realized sets. This article over at Interior Design Magazine seems to bear that out. It interviews the show’s creator, Matthew Weiner, who admits that he looks at the set design of “Mad Men” as an integral part of the storytelling. A great slide show accompanies the text.+