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.+
You can read the entire specification, current as of 2013, updated on Adobe’s website. The more of it you read, the more you learn about the history of commercial software. Because Photoshop has to be backwards-compatible, and it has to deal with every kind of image imaginable, and it ultimately has to do that perfectly for millions of people.
You might think that a Photoshop file is just, like, a bunch of pixels. But not at all…
Photoshop itself is complex, it’s no secret, but its native file format is much more than just image information—both are records of what Ford calls “terrible imperatives,” years of business ambitions and user demands in code form, preserved in sedimentary fashion. And yet, as Ford acknowledges in his article, you can still open a file created in a twenty year old version of Photoshop with today’s software, seamlessly.
Read the full article at posts.postlight.com.+