The Big Web Show hosted by Dan Benjamin and Jeffery Zeldman is a podcast series about web technology and marketing with different industry experts each time. Episode 61 was with web designer, Khoi Vinh. He, along with his partners, have recently released an app called Mixel , a creative little art app that lets you create clash type art and then share it with others via channels like social media. Not only can they see it and then can change it –it then can become a collaborative peace.
Khoi has also been a long time blogger with his blog subtraction.com. He said in the podcast that to him he feels that a designer also needs to be able to effectively communicate in written words. That if a designer could not put pen to paper and write out their ideas in a clear and understandable way, then they did not have clear vision. His many years with his blog is proof that he lives by that ideal.
Having also having worked in the news arena, Khoi wanted to be able to take that familiar newspaper feel and bring that to the web, which he did with his design for The Onion web site. The Onion is a funny little news outlet that is all comedy but done in a series news forum. He used a web design style he called grid layout or a grid system. It was not one I was familiar with so I looked it up online and found a great article about it at www.smashingmagazine.com that explained the way it works.
Another thing of note that was discussed in this episode was that of niche or specialized focus in the types of clients to work with. They boiled it down to “Are you in this to make a lot of money” or “Are you in it to make a difference” Of course I am going into Internet Marketing to make money, however it was very impactful to hear industry leaders talking about making a difference and doing the best you can for clients. It is nice to know that there are professionals out there that are acting with integrity and I am excited to join their ranks.