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 fascinated by the work of Vimeo user Roman Holiday (real name: “Matt”), whose supercuts scrutinize a few very specific, isolated elements of famous movies to demonstrate how they serve as universal fundamentals of film making. He has two essential kinds of videos: first, supercuts that survey dozens of seemingly unrelated films to identify a single kind of shot that appears in all of them. Below are two examples: clips of two characters driving in a car, shot from the car’s hood; and another that corrals shots from inside a refrigerator, looking out at one or more characters.
His second basic form is a distillation of a single film down to just its close-up shots, spotlighting the nuts-and-bolts detail work that helps propel a story along, often at just a second or two at a time. Below, supercuts of close-ups from “Jackie Brown,” “Die Hard,” and “Hard Boiled.”
All of them are surprisingly transfixing to watch, even with their larger narratives stripped away. See them at vimeo.com.+