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.+
In this forthcoming book, award-winning Swiss photographer Catherine Leutenegger captures the decline of Rochester, New York, home to the headquarters of Eastman Kodak—once the biggest photography brand in the world, now a dwindling memory. The photographs are billed as “attentive, deadpan studies” of the ghost town-like city and the mausoleum-like Kodak buildings.
They’re beautiful works and stylistically right up my alley, but there is a schadenfreude-like perversity in their aesthetic precision. They seem focused on an idea of post-industrial decline that’s attractive, maybe even irresistible to the digital classes. Who among us, including myself, can resist looking away from photos of a town ravaged by its failure to comply with the rules of the Internet age? It all seems too convenient and simplistic.+