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.+
For a long while, I had stopped using third party font managers and would just manually move fonts in and out of the Fonts folder in OS X’s Library directory. In recent years I’ve been using Apple’s awkward but workable Font Book app.
Every once in a while a new font manager comes along that tempts me, though, like this one from a shop called Criminal Bird, called (perhaps too archly) Typeface. It looks elegantly designed and promises to allow you to compare typefaces with overlays. The app’s marketing says that “It helps you pick the perfect font” which struck me as a great idea—a font manager that suggests complementary typeface pairings would be a real, attention-getting innovation. Alas, it doesn’t seem like Typeface does that, but maybe the next contender will.+