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Layout in ancient writing: UX inspiration from history

It’s no secret that a lot of the practice that we use in interface design came from the printing industry.

Memorex History: How a Tech Pioneer Turned Into a Basic Brand

Why Memorex, Silicon Valley’s first true startup, evolved into something of a ghost kitchen of computing.

Why are hyperlinks blue?

The internet has ingrained itself into every aspect of our lives, but there’s one aspect of the digital world that I bet you take for granted.

Design lessons from the grim fate of the Segway

Over at Slate, Dan Kois ponders this question in a rollicking essay about the benighted two-wheel device.

A Biography of the Pixel

An essay about the elementary particles of pictures, based on the work of graphics legend Alvy Ray Smith of Pixar and Lucasfilm.

Two perspectives on the designer who Steve Jobs could not hire

Richard Sapper may not be a household name, but he’s on the same level of greats like Dieter Rams and Jonathan Ive.

Kid Pix

A web implementation of the children's bitmap drawing app from the late 80s/early 90s.

Palm OS — How does it look today?

The first Palm PDA was introduced in 1996 and it was a huge success. How did Palm OS really work? Let's test it and figure it out.

Looking Wayback: Internet Archive 25th Anniversary

A journey from way back to way forward, through the pivotal moments when knowledge became more accessible for all.

The Print Shop

This site emulates the classic Apple II software and lets you download/print out the results.

The history of the pride flag & tips for inclusive design

Take a closer look with us into the history of the Pride flag and how to make design more inclusive.

Web History Chapter 9: Community

In April of 2009, Yahoo! shut down GeoCities. Practically overnight, the once beloved service had its signup page replaced with a vague message.

State of the Windows: How many layers of UI inconsistencies are in Windows 10?

We’ve all heard this riddle: if you dig down deep enough in Windows 10, you’ll find elements that date from Windows 3.x days.

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.