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.+
Painter, illustrator and textile designer Jenean Morrison has created a really amazing secondary body of work using her iPad and, ahem, Adobe’s mobile creativity apps: Adobe Illustrator Draw and Adobe Photoshop Sketch, as well as a few others that have been rolled into Adobe Capture CC to generate color themes and original brushes. The work is breezy, spontaneous and wonderfully alive.
Morrison has actually only been using an iPad for this purpose since last year, when she wrote in this blog post:
I’ve really been opening myself up to this new way of working. Adobe Line is actually a great tool for precision, but I’ve been enjoying the organic results I get from loosely playing with shapes and color.
I resisted buying an iPad for the longest time. I just didn’t see the need for it in my life. When I finally got one several months ago, I realized I’d been missing out on a whole new wonderful way of creating art. I had no idea how much I would enjoy this, and I love the effect it has had on my work.
Stories like this make my day. They reaffirm my longheld belief that just as mobile devices change the way we do all kinds of computing-related activies—messaging, networking, photography, and more—they’ll also change the way we create art and design.+