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The origin story of the Wingdings font

The funny font from vintage Microsoft Word has an unbelievable past and great influence on today’s culture.

What the Tulsa Race Massacre Destroyed

We created a 3-D model of Greenwood, home of “Black Wall Street,” as it was before a white mob set it on fire 100 years ago.

25 Years of CSS

Eric Meyer, web standards and CSS guru, revisits some of his handwritten notes on CSS from a quarter-century ago and reflects on all the years since.

Classic UX books from the 1980s

Uncover or revisit 9 classic UX books from the 1980s by Norman, Tufte, Shneiderman, and others.

Web History Chapter 8: CSS

In June of 2006, web developers and designers from around the world came to London for the second annual @media conference.

A Very 90s Death: The Tamagotchi Cemetery

In 1996, Japanese toy designers Aki Maita and Yokoi Akihiro debuted the first ever Tamagotchi.

Car Design History

Explore the evolution of car design through a data visualization of all cars designed by the big Italian design studios.

Hershey Fonts: Not Chocolate, The Origin Of Vector Lettering

Over the past few years, I kept bumping into something called Hershey fonts.

Windows 1.0, 2.0, 3.0- How do they look today?

Today Microsoft Windows is installed on about 75% of personal computers in the world. But how did it begin?

Women designers in history

15 women who have made lasting contributions to design.

Web History Chapter 7: Standards

It was the year 1994 that the web came out of the shadow of academia and onto the everyone’s screens.

A Look Back on 20 Years of The Skins Factory

A written and visual history of the 20 year old UI/UX design studio.

The Authors of Fonts: A History of Type Foundries

Typefaces and fonts are born in type foundries. Read on for how they came to be and who are the world’s biggest type foundries.

UX inspiration from history: Sony Walkman

The story of the classic Walkman ended in 2010 when Sony retired the cassette player. Sony sold around 200 million cassette players, and the total ...

Netflix’s Annual Reports used to be a work of art. What happened?

A look at the evolution of Netflix's Annual Report designs and pondering the question what happened to the designs more recently?

The iconic watches that inspired Apple Watch faces

Did you know that several Apple Watch faces are digital reinterpretations of iconic real-life watches?

Camo, flags, and the Kraken: decoding symbols of the Capitol insurrectionists

The Capitol rioters wore pelts, carried flags, and plastered themselves with logos that hid deeper meanings.

A Brief History of Web Design Tools (and the original sin)

How much have design tools changed since the dawn of Xerox technologies in the 80s? Have the basic conventions shifted much? Let’s find out.

Yellow Gadsden flag, prominent in Capitol takeover, carries a long history

We may think of flags as fixed symbols with a specific meaning, but there are few symbols whose significance is truly permanent.

Web Development History

An ongoing chronicle of internet history for developers and the technically curious - from a development perspective rather than a business one.