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A Stan Mack Cartoon Chronicle of Revolutions Foretold

Stan Mack’s “Real Life Funnies” strip, created in the mid-1970s for the “Village Voice,” presaged the documentary comics of artists such as Art Spiegelman and Joe Sacco. And now it appears that his Print feature from 17 years ago also anticipated today’s digital communications environment. Here’s Mack’s personal, behind-the-scenes details about one such story....

Design Celebrating the First 2000 Years of Computing

As the world looks back on the outstanding innovations Steve Jobs gifted our society, a small San Francisco-based design firm knows first-hand just how far we’ve come tech-wise. Creative Directors Erik Schmitt and Julio Martínez of studio1500 have spent the last three years working with Silicon Valley’s Computer History Museum, rebranding this major institution...

A Magazine Is an iPad That Doesn’t Work

This has been flying around the interwebs all day: a baby who’s confused that she can’t get a magazine to work like an iPad. On the one hand: yes, it’s fascinating that she thinks a magazine should work the other way. On the other: this is totally unscientific. what if she’d been taught magazines...

Different Tech Mindsets

David Ramos makes an interesting comment in this post about Adobe Muse from a few weeks ago: The quality of Muse’s code is not particularly relevant. Good code, bad code, no matter. Muse and other visual layout tools promote the idea that it’s possible to lay out a website exactly as one would lay...

The Original Think Pad

Computer Revolution Trivia Dept.: IBM introduced the ThinkPad line of laptop computers in 1992. Back in the 1920s Thomas J. Watson, Sr, introduced “THINK” as an IBM slogan. For decades IBM distributed small notepads with the word “THINK” etched onto a brown leatherette cover to customers and employees. The name ThinkPad was suggested by...

Updates from Adobe, Errors from Apple

Couple of quick things today. Firstly, Adobe’s released beta version 3 of Muse, their site builder for designers. The download is here, and as stated previously, it’s free until its official 1.0 release. There are significant fixes in how the application renders code, so anything you build will be more readily accepted on a...