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.+
A wonderful example of the importance of the fundamental skill of drawing to the complex art of moviemaking: this image is a comic strip-like storyboard produced by visionary director George Miller as the first draft of what would become “Mad Max: Fury Road” (at least according to this tweet from user Will McCrabb). Looking at it closely, it’s remarkable to see how Miller structured the major plot points of the film in sketch form and how effective that planning was. With some details changed, the final plot is essentially the same, even though the drawing was dated 3 Mar 1999, sixteen years before the movie was actually released.
I wrote briefly about “Fury Road” in this June blog post; I still consider it to be one of the very best movies of the year. It’s out now on video, so if you haven’t seen it, you have no excuse to continue depriving yourself.+