Yesterday, on Twitter, I asked:

I wonder sometimes what would be the oldest extant word based on technology no longer in use. Taping an interview?Dialing someone?

I received many more answers than I expected, although it soon became obvious how my rules were impossible to follow, even by me: What exactly is technology, and which technology ever truly goes away?

Scrolling (who remembers scrolls?) feels different than fonts (used more than ever, in a digital form directly evolved from a physical predecessor), and somewhere in between these would be a tablet — a new tech inspired by old one, although without a direct connection. …

The rectangle behind you

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I crave follow-ups. When I was little, I loved opening the encyclopedia to learn more about something I just heard — particularly when it felt the volumes were roughly as big as I was. Later on, I cherished coming back from the movie just to read Roger Ebert’s review, or ⌘+clicking every link in the young Wikipedia.

Today, I still like looking up a newly-discovered word in a dictionary, an obscure product on Internet Archive, or a historical event on Google. …


Marcin Wichary

Designer/typographer · Writing a book on the history of keyboards:

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