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 Wildcard offices are located in downtown Manhattan, where what’s left of Little Italy blends into Chinatown. I’ve worked in a lot of neighborhoods in New York City but this one is by far my favorite of them all. It’s got the best blend of historical character and the widest variety of authentically prepared cuisines in Manhattan—deciding on where to eat lunch each day is an embarrassment of riches. Also, the neighborhood is deeply urban, full of all the quirkiness of congested, ad hoc populations of people trying to get ahead in life.
There are infinite ways for artists to capture a place this interesting, but photographer Lisa Weatherbee, who lives in Chinatown, has one of the most novel. Her series “Chinatown in $5” documents what can be bought in Chinatown for a five dollar bill. The results are extremely charming.
See more in the series at chinatowninfive.com.+