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.+
Folks, I’m nearing the finish line in preparing my book “How They Got There: Interviews With Digital Designers About Their Careers” for sale. Last week I applied the final round of changes from my eagle-eyed editor, Sue Apfelbaum, put the finishing touches on a marketing page for the book (which will replace the teaser page you see at howtheygotthere.us), and I’m now taking care of a few final details getting the actual product ready for sale next week.
I’ve also created a PDF sample of the book—basically the first thirty pages (of about two-hundred and fifty). This includes the foreword, written by my friend Liz Danzico, chair of the MFA Interaction Design program, my author’s preface, and the first of the fourteen in-depth interviews. As the interviews are all ordered alphabetically, this first one is with Dribbble co-founder Dan Cederholm. Dan offered some terrific insights into the evolution of his career and how Dribbble evolved from an idea into a business, and how it all relates back to his first career aspiration: playing in a rock band.
So here’s the deal: next week I will release this sneak peek of the book—for free—to anyone who has signed up for the mailing list at howtheygotthere.us before midnight next Monday, 2 March. Signing up for the list gets you the sneak peek. Of course, it also gets you a discount for the book, about 30% off the price when it goes on sale. So rush on over and sign up now!+