Design & Use

The design of tech shapes and influences our use, and vice versa.

The design of technology shapes and influences our use, and vice versa. What were phones before they became interchangeable rectangles of black mirrored glass?

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Return of the dumbphone

Luddite teens hold their vintage flip phones in a circle.
Luddite teens hold their vintage flip phones in a circle.

The "dumbphone" or feature phone is a simpler form of mobile phone, and it's becoming popular again. A return to early...

iPhone released

Apple’s first iPhone ad features a supercut from TV shows and movies saying, “Hello,” like Dustin Hoffman, Marilyn Monroe, and Will Ferrell. “Hello” first ran on February 25, 2007, during the Oscars.
Apple’s first iPhone ad features a supercut from TV shows and movies saying, “Hello,” like Dustin Hoffman, Marilyn Monroe, and Will Ferrell. “Hello” first ran on February 25, 2007, during the Oscars.

The release of the iPhone in 2007 revolutionized the smartphone setting a new standard and changing how we interact with...

BlackBerry 5810 released

Image of a BlackBerry 5810 with the application screen options including calendars, email, and phone calls.
Image of a BlackBerry 5810 with the application screen options including calendars, email, and phone calls.

RIM unveiled the BlackBerry 5810 as its first smartphone. It was marketed as a “breakthrough in wireless convergence that...

Trans engineer democratizes chip design

Lynn Conway holding a copy of her VLSI publication.
Lynn Conway holding a copy of her VLSI publication.

Fired from IBM after disclosing her gender transition, Lynn Conway went on to help democratize chip design at Xerox Palo...

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Luddite teens hold their vintage flip phones in a circle.
Luddite teens hold their vintage flip phones in a circle.

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