March 27, 2004
Way of the World

worlds.jpg

Via MeFi, guidebook, a website dedicated to preserving and showcasing Graphical User Interfaces. The old ads are interesting enough, but what I got stuck on was the GUI Gallery. It has a chart showing the development of icons across different systems, across different decades, like how Protoindoeuropean broke down, but by pixels instead of phonemes.

Like anything really small that persists over time, the shifts and differences tell lots of little stories. I'm not quite sure how to tell the story of the little worlds to show "International," for example, but it's a story that starts in 1990's 4-bit America and ends with a globe. If we're lucky. If we're lucky, it ends with a globe.

Posted by kevin slavin at March 27, 2004 12:18 PM
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