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.+
Photographers James and Karla Murray have made it their mission to preserve, at least in print, the rapidly fading world of mom and pop stores throughout New York City. Seven years ago they published “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York,” a beautiful, hardbound coffee table book that immortalized the aging facades of 325 of the city’s most notable street-level businesses. Since that time a shocking two-thirds of those businesses have shuttered; the reasons are myriad, but the common denominator is usually the soaring rents that are commonplace amid the city’s prolonged real estate boom.
Now the Murrays have returned with a sequel, “Store Front II,” which documents another huge batch of these retail shops even as their extinction seems to be accelerating. They claim that even among this new batch, one-fifth have already been closed. Like its predecessor, this follow-up is not only a visual document of each subject but also features highlights from interviews with store owners and workers. It’s a wonderful and unfortunately heartbreaking body of work.+