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.+
These supercuts from filmmaker Jacob T. Swinney put the first and final shots of dozens of famous films side by side for comparison. For some films, the two shots are very similar or symmetrical in content or tone. Others show distinctive contrasts in narrative progression, echoing ideas if not composition. And others are just markedly different from one another. What all of these juxtapositions share in common is that they provide an unorthodox way of understanding the frames that come between them; they can reveal so much about the many minutes of intervening movie time, even if they’re only a few seconds long. This is what I really adore about movies; the best ones, like these, so often reward deeper inspection.
Swinney’s first video, above, cuts together fifty-five films. His second one, below, cuts together seventy more and, helpfully, adds titles beneath each selection. They’re both completely engrossing.+