Khoi Vinh was born in 1971 in Saigon, Vietnam, and immigrated to the United States three and a half years later. He graduated in 1993 from Otis College of Art and Design, where he majored in communication design with a focus on illustration. In 2001, he joined several colleagues in founding Behavior, a design studio, which he helped manage and run for four years. Since January 2006, he has worked at The New York Times as the Design Director for NYTimes.com. Vinh also writes about design at his personal blog, Subtraction (Subtraction.com).