Khoi Vinh

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Khoi Vinh at the TYPO SF conference in 2012

Khoi Vinh (born December 3, 1971) is a graphic designer, blogger, and former Design Director for The New York Times,[1] where he worked from January 2006 until July 2010.[2] Fast Company named Vinh one of "The 50 Most Influential Designers in America" in September 2011.[3]


He was born in 1971 in Saigon, South Vietnam and immigrated to the United States at the age of three and a half with his family.[4] He grew up in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He attended Otis College of Art and Design, graduating with a major in Graphic Design in 1993. In 1998, he moved to New York City and began designing almost exclusively for the web and interactive media.

In 2001, he founded a design studio, Behavior, with colleagues, which he left when he went to work at The New York Times. He helped manage and run the company for four successful years before leaving in December 2005. He became the design director for in 2006. During his five-year tenure, he remade the way design is practiced at The New York Times.[5] Shortly after leaving The Times, he published a book, "Ordering Disorder: Grid Principles for Web Design" (New Riders), on December 3, 2010.[6] In 2011, he and Scott Ostler founded Lascaux Co., a New York City startup. In November 2011, the company launched Mixel, an iPad app combining the power of social networks and multi-touch tablets to let people from all walks of life make art.

In 2013, he sold Mixel to Etsy and joined their team.


  1. ^ "Talk to the Newsroom: Khoi Vinh, Design Director". The New York Times. 21 April 2008. Retrieved 29 November 2010.
  2. ^ "A Change".
  3. ^ "50 Most Influential Designers in America". Archived from the original on 2013-05-29.
  4. ^ "About". Khoi Vinh. Retrieved 29 November 2010.
  5. ^ "It's Not You, It's Me: Design Director Khoi Vinh Leaves The Times at Paywall Altar".
  6. ^ "Ordering Disorder". Archived from the original on 2011-11-10.

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