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A Visit to the Eames Institute

I saw a rare glimpse into the creative legacy of legendary designers Ray and Charles Eames at Eames Institute of Infinite Curiosity.

What telephones can tell you about good design

The story of touch-tone keypads.

Triple stripes and trefoil

The history of the Trefoil logo and Adolf Dassler’s logotype for German sports brand Adidas.

Emoji history: the missing years

During my research into vintage Japanese drawing software, I came across some devices that had built in sketch or handwritten memo functions.

The Airchat hype: but wait, what happened to Clubhouse?

A brief read on the rise, fall, and attempted comeback of the once viral voice-only social media app — Clubhouse.

Flip Through More than 5,000 Pages of This Sprawling 19th-Century Atlas

At more than 5,000 pages in its entirety, Lorenz Oken’s atlas depicts known species ranging from insects and fish to birds and plants.

Parallel Lives

See the age of notable figures for every year in history.

40 years of the Mac at the Computer History Museum

My review of the Computer History Museum’s event and pop-up exhibit celebrating 40 years of the Macintosh.

Why we crave healthier computing

How throughout history, increasing computing capability has lead to increasing burden on users.

In Loving Memory of Square Checkbox

History of checkboxes and radio buttons in user interfaces

Designer News is Dead

Designer News is dead. Designer News was an online community for product designers. For years it was the best forum to discuss designing software.

Unearthing the origins of the world’s most hated font, Comic Sans

We delve into the history of the contentious font, uncovering the story of its creation and early uses.

Happy 40th Birthday, Macintosh

A site showcasing every Macintosh desktop and portable Apple has ever made with hundreds of the photos.

The Quiet Death of Ello’s Big Dreams

Ello launched in 2014 with big dreams, but the artsy social network suddenly shut down last year.

Pipe Dreams: The life and times of Yahoo Pipes

In 2007, a small team at Yahoo! briefly changed how we program the internet. This is their story.

ARETE — Visual History of the Latin Alphabet

Interactive visualization of the history of the latin alphabet, showing the temporal and formal relationships of the different scripts and typefaces.

10 Weird HTML Hacks That Shaped The Internet

From table hacks to CSS kludges, these are some of the techniques that helped web developers get their fancy pages on the internet.

IBM’s Ingenious Solution for a Typewriter with Swappable Fonts

The standardized type of mechanical typewriter, which emerged around 1910, featured keys connected to individual typebars.

In the bad old days we had Punchcards. How did people deal with that?

In the fall of 1976 I started as a Freshman at SUNY Stony Brook intending to major in Math and Computer Science.

Disney’s 100 years: Meeting change with innovation

As Walt Disney Studios turns 100, investors worry it’s beginning to show its age.