Home Computers showcases the quirky and characterful beginnings of a commercial product that would come to unite the globe: the personal computer.
As so much technology is forgotten once it is superseded, this is a celebration of machines, industrial design and techno-utopianism of an era in the not-so-distant past.
Conceived as a visual sourcebook of the most popular, most powerful and most idiosyncratic computers to grace our workspaces, this timely publication offers a reflection on how far we've come and a nostalgic look at a time when digital worlds could be contained in a box and turned off, rather than ever-present in our lives.
Home Computers opens with a scene-setting retrospective by computer and gaming writer Alex Wiltshire.
The book's heart is a series of specially commissioned photographs that capture details of switches and early user-interface design, letterforms and logos, and the quirks that set one computer off from another.
Images are complemented by a potted history of each device, the inventors or personalities behind it, and its innovations and influences.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 256 pages, 25 Illustrations, black and white; 376 Illustrations, color
- Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/04/2020
- Category: Computing
- ISBN: 9780500022160
- Hardback from £19.55