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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.

Web History Chapter 6: Web Design

Alec Pollak was little more than a junior art director cranking out print ads when he got a call that would change the path of his career.

Web History Chapter 5: Publishing

Not long after HotWired launched on the web in 1994, Josh Quittner wrote an article entitled “Way New Journalism” for the publication.

The 25 most spectacular branding fails of the last 25 years

From McDonald’s hamburger for adults to ‘The Dead Kid’ Super Bowl ad, these are the biggest ‘what were they thinking?’ moments since 1995.

How one tiny accessory popularized the most iconic slogans of the 20th century

Want to know about major American milestones? Look to the lapel.

The untold history of macOS System Preferences

System Preferences may not be the most exciting part of the Mac, but it holds some secrets and fun easter eggs.

Web History Chapter 4: Search

eBay had had enough of these spiders. They were fending them off by the thousands.

Winamp Skin Museum

Scroll through a collection of over 65k Winamp skins amassed from those found on the Internet Archive.