Watch “Thinking Critically about Design and Criticism” with Khoi Vinh

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. However our inability to discuss the “why” continues to hobble the profession’s further evolution. In this lively, down-to-earth talk at IxDA‘s Interaction ’18 about Design and Criticism, 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.


“Thinking Critically about Design and Criticism” with Khoi Vinh


Khoi Vinh

Khoi Vinh is Principal Designer at Adobe. There 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.

Source: Thinking Critically about Design and Criticism – Interaction 18 – 3—8 February 2018 • Lyon, France

Itamar Medeiros

Originally from Brazil, Itamar Medeiros currently lives in Germany, where he works as Lead Product Design Strategist at SAP and promotes User Experience Design as visiting lecturer at Köln International School of Design. Working in the Information Technology industry since 1998, Itamar Medeiros has helped truly global companies in several countries (Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, The Netherlands, Poland, United Arab Emirates, United States) create great user experience through advocating Design and Innovation principles. During his 7 years in China, he championed the User Experience Design discipline as User Experience Manager at Autodesk and Local Coordinator of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) in Shanghai

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