Historiographica
Introducing the history of visual information

historiographica.net
Mark Rickerby, 2008
HOW OLD IS THE INTERNET?

                      ST 1970
  JANUARY 1
  Dawn of the Unix Epoch

  “Information architecture”...
OR IS IT?
   Few “new” ideas are as new
   as we may think...

   Who invented hypertext?
     Tim Berners Lee?
     Ted N...
Changing Metaphors
  Discovery or invention?

  1700s : universe as a clock
  1800s : universe as a heat engine
  1900s : ...
Logic Machines
  Gottfried Leibniz, 1679
  “An Introduction to a Secret Encyclopedia”
   Resolving human ideas into a prim...
The Victorian Information Age
   Babbage designs the first
   programmable computers
   Telegraph and electricity grids
  ...
The Modernist Convergence
   1910's to 1930's
   Creative media experimentation
   Social consequences of design
   Transf...
The Visual Information Age
    1933, Harry Beck designs map of
    London Underground
   1934, Paul Otlet describes the
  ...
WORDS MAKE DIVISION
PICTURES MAKE CONNECTION
- Otto Neurath
The Radiated Library
 CINEMA, PHONOGRAPHS, RADIO,
 TELEVISION: these instruments, taken as
 substitutes for the book, will...
The information age is a myth
 A cultural fabrication



 If we donʻt document the REAL
 history of design are we doomed
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  1. 1. Historiographica Introducing the history of visual information historiographica.net Mark Rickerby, 2008
  2. 2. HOW OLD IS THE INTERNET? ST 1970 JANUARY 1 Dawn of the Unix Epoch “Information architecture” Computing comes of age
  3. 3. OR IS IT? Few “new” ideas are as new as we may think... Who invented hypertext? Tim Berners Lee? Ted Nelson? Douglas Engelbart?
  4. 4. Changing Metaphors Discovery or invention? 1700s : universe as a clock 1800s : universe as a heat engine 1900s : universe as an information processor
  5. 5. Logic Machines Gottfried Leibniz, 1679 “An Introduction to a Secret Encyclopedia” Resolving human ideas into a primitive set of (easily transferable) symbols Freeing information from the bounds of the book
  6. 6. The Victorian Information Age Babbage designs the first programmable computers Telegraph and electricity grids Discovery of the electromagnetic spectrum
  7. 7. The Modernist Convergence 1910's to 1930's Creative media experimentation Social consequences of design Transfer of ideas between Europe and America
  8. 8. The Visual Information Age 1933, Harry Beck designs map of London Underground 1934, Paul Otlet describes the Radiated Library 1936, Otto Neurath forms Isotype
  9. 9. WORDS MAKE DIVISION PICTURES MAKE CONNECTION - Otto Neurath
  10. 10. The Radiated Library CINEMA, PHONOGRAPHS, RADIO, TELEVISION: these instruments, taken as substitutes for the book, will in fact become the new book, the most powerful works for the diffusion of human thought. This will be the radiated library and the televised book. - Paul Otlet
  11. 11. The information age is a myth A cultural fabrication If we donʻt document the REAL history of design are we doomed to repeat past mistakes?

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