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Saturday, February 21, 2015

A Brief History of User Interface

Dave Wiskus explores the history of interaction and interface design, from the keyboard and mouse to multitouch, and beyond.

Every day, people all over the world are clicking, tapping, typing, and touching and dragging things on glass screens. Our ability to use all this fancy technology with ease didn’t happen overnight. So how did we end up here?

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AT&T V386:
DOS tutorial:
Source code from Slopes:
Windows 95 Video Guide:
Photoshop 3:
Flying Toasters:
Metallica versus Napster:
iPhone announcement:
Oculus Rift:

Bonus link: GUI screenshot archive: (via Guy English)

My thanks to Jason Snell, Brent Simmons, Nick Arnott, Joe Cieplinksi, and Ryan Nielsen for fact-checking and copy editing. If I’m wrong about anything, blame them.

And an extra special thanks to the wonderful people who support the show on Patreon:

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