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.+
Chwast illustrated “The Pancake King” back in 1971 but it’s been out of print since the early 1980s. Princeton Architectural Press has brought it back, complete with a kid-friendly pancake recipe (with a new Chwast illustration) addendum. It’s as vibrant and lovely as ever, and is a wonderful showcase of Chwast’s signature, era-defining style.
Paula Scher wrote (but did not illustrate) “The Brownstone” back in 1973. It’s a very New York-centric story of six families (cats, kangaroos, owls, mice, pigs, bears, and an owl as the landlord) living in a single browstone and what it takes for them to coexist. Most of the story is illustrated in a cutaway style that shows the tenants moving around the building.
My kids have been enjoying both books, but for several nights running they kept asking for me to re-read “The Brownstone,” sometimes repeatedly, if that tells you anything.+