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Classic HCI Demos

A curated collection of HCI demo videos produced during the golden age from 1983-2002.

Evolution of AR and VR: UX inspiration from history

If AR is extending, adding, or changing reality, we can find a lot of examples that eventually will lead us to AR invention.

The Canon Cat and the Mac that Steve Jobs killed

A software design framework for humans, distilled from Jef Raskin’s Humane Interface.

Homepage history:

Looking at over 25 years of homepages to see how it has influenced a generation of designers and marketers.

Beauty in the machine: post-industrial design

Has design become boring? Or is it just harder to notice?

Where Do Memes Come From? The Top Platforms From 2010-2022

From the rise of TikTok to the Boomerification of Facebook, our data tells many important stories.

The Twisted Life of Clippy

In the ’90s, Microsoft created a cartoon paperclip that it quickly retired.

system.css - a design system for building retro Apple interfaces

A CSS library that allows you to implement a classic MacOS interface. Based on the monochrome stylings of Apple's System OS that ran from 1984-1991

A brief history of the numeric keypad

Picture the keypad of a telephone and calculator side by side. Can you see the subtle difference between the two without resorting to your smartphone?

How IBM revolutionized corporate America with design

In the early 1950s, Thomas J. Watson Jr. took a walk down Fifth Avenue in New York that would change the future of IBM forever.

The History of User Interfaces

A user interface is the space where interactions between humans and machines occur.

Farewell to HTML5Rocks

So long HTML5Rocks, it’s been nice knowing you.

10 Years of Meteor

A developer's experience with a pioneering JavaScript framework.

Making of 17th Century Watercolors

Way back in 2014, a Dutch manuscript from about mixing watercolors from 1692 made a splash in the blogosphere.

Futura: grace under pressure

Paul Renner’s quest for “sachlich” created a typeface that is as technically astute as it elegant

Inside the dissolution of Apple’s legacy design team

Apple’s design team is legendary. But following the death of Steve Jobs, dysfunction ran rampant.

A Short History of iOS App Icons

The following was originally written by me and published as a chapter in “The iOS App Icon Book”.

The Iconfactory Remembers Corey

The design studio pauses to remember the life, art & legacy of founder Corey Marion who passed away recently.

He Built This City: The Return of Glenn Davis

You may not know his name, but he played a large part in creating the web you take for granted today.

90s jazz design: cups, controversy, and nostalgia

From paper cups to pop culture — the surprisingly dramatic story of the 90s jazz design.