My Saturday mornings usually start with me doing fun stuff – usually computer oriented Apple reading, writing and research. Dorky, but fun, nonetheless.
This morning was about Apple’s early fonts, and particularly, the Apple Garamond typeface. Very dorky, I know, but this project started as a result of my new addition to my Apple collection, my new, old Apple denim cap.
One thing leads to another and I ended up on a great little site- a research project from 1998 by a University of Toronto graduate student named Ed Tracy on Apple and the History of Personal Computer Design.
Apple fans know Apple’s place in the history of computer design and many of us have the Holy Grail of it’s history- AppleDesigns: “The Work of the Apple Industrial Design Group,” so as I read Ed’s work I appreciated his dedication to Apple design history.
As an aside, I did find one of his introductory statements amusing-
The microcomputer is rarely regarded as a valuable historical artifact in itself…
Then as he gets into his research Ed examines the various Apple models and their design history beginning with the Apple I (1976). He follows it through The Design Revolution, Apple’s design stumbles and wraps up with their renewal to the standard they once held.
I like how he characterizes Apple’s design philosophy as “to make technology accessible without intimidation.”
If you have an interest in the history of personal computers and their design, Ed’s bibliography and related links is a treasure-trove of golden nuggets.