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 team behind the surprisingly popular “Not Available on the App Store” stickers, who are ostensibly studying digital media and interaction at Hyper Island, seem to have a knack for playful ideas that emphasize getting offline.
Their newest project is Social Planes and it’s a very simple concept: pre-printed templates for paper airplanes that you can customize and throw at random people whose days you’d like to brighten. The video tells the story nicely, though presumably it’s also an accurate representation of the reactions they actually got—the idea is almost too cute by half, and in the real world I can imagine it inspiring as many awkward (or worse) situations as friendly interactions. Still, if it puts a smile on someone’s face, that’s something.
More at socialplanes.org.+