Interface History Resouces

12 Jan

My class lecture on interface history is largely based on this Ars Technica article.

There are wonderful resources out there that have captured the history of the GUI interface as it was happening.

Steve Jobs’ keynotes have become legendary. But here is a truly historic one, when he launched the Apple Macintosh in 1984:

The 1984 TV commercial for the Apple Macintosh has also become legendary:

What stands out to you from these videos? What ideas impressed you most? What ideas would you like to see implemented?


2 Responses to “Interface History Resouces”

  1. davidjames1187 January 10, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

    What impressed me most was probably seeing Steve Jobs actually wearing something appropriate for a public event. I guess the the second thing that impressed me most was seeing how much the government and war propaganda had an effect in marketing strategy in the second video. Thirdly, I was impressed with how little Steve Jobs actually spoke in his first video, but yet the setup and interaction with the computer was very entertaining and I assume relevant and groundbreaking at that particular time.


  1. Readings and Resources: GUI history « CGT 256 Spring 2012 - January 10, 2012

    […] take a look at this collection of readings and resources related to the history of the Graphic User Interface. Please read the Ars Technica article, and check out the other resources and videos as well. […]

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