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.+
Sixteen students at German college Fachhochschule Potsdam each reimagined iTunes as “smaller, focused, single-purpose apps.” Examples include watching movies, reading books, listening to albums, etc. By and large, these aren’t bad as far as student projects go, though I have to question the wisdom of the exercise as a whole. Some of these are built around use cases that, in the mobile age, just don’t seem relevant for desktop software anymore, e.g., downloading apps and transferring them to your phone, listening to podcasts, even watching movies. Still, as a group they do highlight a bigger problem for Apple: when one of your flagship software applications is assigned in schools as a case in feature bloat, it’s crossed some threshold for acceptability. Time to fix iTunes, Apple!
See all the projects at interface.fh-potsdam.de.+