Retro

Motorola AURA (2008)

A first-of-its-kind circular display. A stainless steel casing that took two weeks to etch. And a Swiss-inspired mechanism that means it opens just as smoothly in 2020 as it did twelve years ago. Motorola didn’t get much wrong with its… Read More ›

Pac-Man | Design Icons

While a nascent games industry was laser focused on emulating the success of Taito’s Space Invaders, one designer tried to make something completely different – and ended up creating our second design icon: Pac-Man. Brilliant.

Too Smart for Their Time

In the late ‘90s, Microsoft’s research division started work developing the SPOT platform, which it planned to integrate into everything from GPS navigation units to coffee makers. To expedite its arrival, instead of working with big telecommunication companies to implement… Read More ›

15 Old Computer Sounds…

In the ’90s, there were distinct sounds associated with computers that we don’t think about today, but they’re lodged deep in our memories. Let’s go back to some computer sounds you probably haven’t heard in decades… More here. Thanks to… Read More ›

Meet Sphinx

Named the Sphinx Station, with ‘Sphinx’ in Russian serving as an abbreviation for Short for Super Functional Integrated Communicative System, the system was designed by Azrikan in 1987 in collaboration with A.Kolotushkin and V. Goessen, following an assignment from the… Read More ›

The Hall 1 Typewriter

Thomas Hall, a Brooklyn engineer, invented this first index typewriter. A typewriter with no keyboard that requires one to use a selector (the black handle) to choose the characters when typing. It is housed in a handsome mahogany case with… Read More ›

The ZX81

In 1981 : The ZX81 was launched. It was produced by Sinclair Research and manufactured in Dundee, Scotland by Timex Corporation… tweeted here. Many memories of wondering what this product was at the time. I was 11 and it took… Read More ›