Khoi Vinh: Adobe’s New Principal Designer

Khoi Vinh recently partnered with Hyperkat and Typeform to create the 2015 Design Tools Survey in hopes of discovering what tools today’s designers favor. With input from 4,000 designers from 200 countries, the results might just surprise you!

On August 25th, 2015, Khoi Vinh announced his decision to join Adobe at their ever-growing 5th Ave. location in New York City. The former New York Times design director has already been collaborating with Adobe for two years, but now officially joins the team as the Principal Designer.

“It’s not a stretch to say there’s never been a better time to make software for people like us,” Khoi writes in his blog, “and it’s only going to get more interesting in the months and years ahead.” Back in March of 2015, Adobe released Comp CC—a mobile app for designers that is heavily based around sketches, typefaces, graphics and user interface. Comp CC is the first “tablet-native tool” Adobe has released, meaning it’s not for use with a desktop computer—at all. Comp CC is, however, compatible with Adobe InDesign CC, Adobe Illustrator CC and Adobe Photoshop CC. And, according to Adobe, it’s, “the best thing to happen to layout ideation since the cocktail napkin.” During Comp CC’s incubation, Khoi worked closely with Scott Belsky, Adobe’s vice president of products and co-founder of Behance.

HIDC2015-0922-300His work with Adobe isn’t the only thing keep Khoi occupied. He is currently the Design Chair at Wildcard—a “news and entertainment [app] experience like no other”—and co-founder of Kidpost, which allows parents to easily share photos and updates about their children with friends and family via social media. How Khoi—Brooklyn-based designer, author, father of three and recipient of one of Fast Company’s “50 Most Influential Designers” slots—finds time to continuously update his blog, I have no idea. With posts nearly every day on design, technology and culture, maybe followers will grab a sneak peek at some of Adobe’s newest projects.

Khoi believes Adobe is “a new kind of company emerging from the old one,” and, “is more designer-focused than ever before.” With the software company’s recent acquisition of Mixamo, as well as a 2015 Creative Cloud update (complete with companion mobile app), it’s clear that Adobe is taking steps in the right direction for designers everywhere. According to Khoi, who wasn’t able to do much hands-on design at The New York Times, Adobe’s new vision, “looks exactly like the one that [Khoi aspires] for the market; one in which software giants, indie developers and everyone in between are all able to make the creative ecosystem better in their own ways.” We can’t speak directly to what Adobe and Khoi Vinh have in store for the future of design, but we’re sure it’s going to be great.



Video by Khoi illustrating Comp CC’s drawing gestures. 


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