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.+
From time to time people send me links to various apps that also share some of the same DNA as Mixel. Here’s one that was sent to me today: Curator is an iPad app that lets users create what are sometimes called “mood boards.” A board starts with a grid of twenty-five empty boxes; users fill each box with whatever inspiration or reference material they like—images, Web pages, blocks of text.
Curator is very well designed and easy to use, though it seems to beg for an integration with the current mother of all visual inspiration, Pinterest. That service is so remarkable because almost anything that you can think that you’d want is already there, pinned and tagged by one of Pinterest’s millions of industrious users. A tool like Curator, perhaps with the added ability to combine multiple boxes into bigger boxes, would be a fantastic way to tailor a Pinterest board into something more fit for presentation. In case it wasn’t already obvious, this is something I’ve wanted to do with my Pinterest boards for some time.+