Interaction 19
4-10 February 2019
Seattle, WA
United States

Thinking critically about design and criticism

talk – 15 min | Feb 8 – 14:00

Thoughtful criticism of the work that designers do is limiting us on many levels.

As design continues to gain traction in business and culture, its utter lack of critical discourse becomes more and more glaring. We are adept at discussing the “how” of design, but our inability to discuss the “why” continues to hobble the profession’s further evolution. In this lively, down-to-earth talk, Adobe Principal Designer Khoi Vinh, a veteran of design’s transformation into a key element of modern business over the past two decades, looks at the gaps in how we discuss and think about design, explains why criticism is so important to the future of our craft, and proposes ways forward to correct the situation.

About the speaker

Khoi Vinh

Khoi Vinh

Khoi Vinh is Principal Designer at Adobe, where he is charged with aligning Adobe’s design initiatives more closely with its customers, its partners and the community. Previously, he was design director for The New York Times. He writes a widely read blog on design and technology at and lives in Brooklyn, NY with his family.



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