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.+
Last Sunday, while I was in L.A. for Adobe’s MAX conference, a ten mile stretch of the city was shut down to auto traffic as part of the city’s ClicLAvia series, which runs a few times a year. It’s a chance for Angelenos to experience the city on foot or bicycle—rare for L.A.—and it feels like a combination of street party and parade.
I was staying at a hotel not far from the route, so I took a stroll north on Broadway to meet some friends who were starting out from Echo Park. I was surprised to discover how beautiful the architecture was; Broadway, aptly, used to be the city’s theater district, and there are still lots of old theater fronts along it. Many of them have been repurposed for other businesses, but their distinctive marquees remain. I took a bunch of pictures, which you can see after the jump.