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Why Are Hyperlinks Blue

While musing over my recently published article, Why are hyperlinks blue, I was left feeling a bit blue.

The messy history of our modern, Western calendar

The calendar helps to give us a map of the shifting revolutions of the seasons, ordering our days. But how did it come about?

Street Fighter II, paper trails

Over the past six months, I have spent my spare time studying Capcom success stories and in particular the genesis of Street Fighter II.

The history of data journalism

From the 1950s to the present day, journalism professor and author Brant Houston explores how data journalism began.

Aphex Twin logo, by Paul Nicholson

Aphex Twin, the alias of music producer Richard D James, is identified by his monogram logo designed by graphic designer Paul Nicholson.

The Assistant, Jayme Odgers, Works for Paul Rand

Jayme Odgers brings readers into the mind of Paul Rand like never before.

Women in Type

A research project highlighting key contributions by women to the design process of many renowned typefaces of the 20th century.

Web History Chapter 10: Browser Wars

In June of 1995, representatives from Microsoft arrived at the Netscape offices.

How to win at CORS

The ‘how’ and ‘why’ of CORS, from start to finish, including an interactive CORS playground!

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.