Monday, April 14, 2014

ARTIST POST: Web designers.Artist Post: Khoi Vinh


Today I am going to be talking about Khoi Vinh who is the web designer (formerly) of the and various other projects such as his blog site and Behavior, a design company. Vinh is a vietnamese immigrant who moved to Gaithersburg MD at the age of three and a half. He is a successful graphic designer, and among the honors he received, was said to be one of the top 50 web designers in 2011. He is responsible for the style of grid designing, which he published a successful book: Ordering Disorder: Grid Principles for Web Design

Here are some of the examples of gridding in web design:

I also looked up design concepts for the NYTimes in order to show you how he employs them directly:

To delve into the artwork, Khoi Vinh tries to create a different layout from the website design in order to have a relationship between the viewer and the times. The times somewhat mimics the newspaper, however Vinh tried to go for a more internet-friendly work.

To critique the work, I feel that the NYtimes, though designed well, is not nearly as user friendly as it could have been designed. Had I been designing the page, I would've had entire sections hyperlink to the article, and I would have different categories for things such as Headlines, Breaking News, Entertainment, etc. while keeping the layout relatively simple. The webpage is a bit too cluttered for my liking. The purpose of a website, in particular a news website, is to draw attention to articles, while also being easy to navigate. I feel Vinh's work partially accomplishes this.


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