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Home Computers. 100 Icons that Defined a Digital Generation | Alex Wiltshire, John Short | 9780500022160 | Thames & Hudson

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HOME COMPUTERS

100 Icons that Defined a Digital Generation

Auteur:Alex Wiltshire, John Short

Uitgever:Thames & Hudson

ISBN: 97-0-500-02216-0

  • Paperback
  • Engels
  • 256 pagina's
  • 16 apr. 2020

The ultimate in nerd nostalgia: a loving overview of the home computer revolution of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, told through rich anecdote and exquisite industrial-design photography.

As so much technology is forgotten once it is superseded, this is a celebration of machines, industrial design and techno-utopianism of an era in the not-so-distant past. Conceived as a visual sourcebook of the most popular, most powerful and most idiosyncratic computers to grace our workspaces, this timely publication offers a reflection on how far we’ve come and a nostalgic look at a time when digital worlds could be contained in a box and turned off, rather than ever-present in our lives.

Home Computers opens with a scene-setting retrospective by computer and gaming writer Alex Wiltshire. The book’s heart is a series of specially commissioned photographs that capture details of switches and early user-interface design, letterforms and logos, and the quirks that set one computer off from another. Images are complemented by a potted history of each device, the inventors or personalities behind it, and its innovations and influences.

The ultimate in nerd nostalgia: a loving overview of the home computer revolution of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, told through rich anecdote and exquisite industrial-design photography.

As so much technology is forgotten once it is superseded, this is a celebration of machines, industrial design and techno-utopianism of an era in the not-so-distant past. Conceived as a visual sourcebook of the most popular, most powerful and most idiosyncratic computers to grace our workspaces, this timely publication offers a reflection on how far we’ve come and a nostalgic look at a time when digital worlds could be contained in a box and turned off, rather than ever-present in our lives.

Home Computers opens with a scene-setting retrospective by computer and gaming writer Alex Wiltshire. The book’s heart is a series of specially commissioned photographs that capture details of switches and early user-interface design, letterforms and logos, and the quirks that set one computer off from another. Images are complemented by a potted history of each device, the inventors or personalities behind it, and its innovations and influences.

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