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’m completely captivated by the work of French illustrator Virgnie Morgand. Even when viewed on the screen her work has a wonderfully nostalgic feeling, like crude color printing on newsprint.
Lots of contemporary illustrators achieve a similar look by adding digitally faked streaks, spots and mis-registration of color fields—techniques which while effective can come across as superficial. Morgand does do a little of that, but the warmth in her work is less contingent on shallowly recreating analog visual tropes than it is a product of her judicious use of restrained color palettes, a line quality that is at once casually expressive and precisely graphic, and a textile designer-like understanding of visual patterns. It’s also distinctly European, if not singularly French.
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