Category: Design History

How Americans’ Love of Music Catapulted Global Branding

Sony inadvertently launched global branding when the Sony Walkman hit store shelves in 1979. Twenty-two years later, Apple launched the iPod, and global branding rocketed.

There’s a #FirstTweet for Everything

February 20, 2017  |

This post is for all of you: The Twitter Fans. I started on Twitter in April 2007, just a little less than a year after Twitter first planted its digital feet onto the internet and began to post its short, time-sensitive messages.


History of infographics

Infographics Part III: The Evolution of Infographics into Deep Data Visualization

October 31, 2016  |

Even though the first infographic appeared 30,000 years ago on a dark, damp cave wall in southern France, in today’s fast-paced visual world, infographics are packed with data, painted with color, and move with history. Infographics have found their day in the sun.


Causes of death during Crimean War, 1854-1855

Infographics Part II: Data Visualization Before the Digital Age

October 24, 2016  |

Cave wall art led to symbolic paintings telling timeless stories about life, work and religion on walls, pottery and papyri. Art next evolved into realistic illustrations, starting with the ancient Greeks. While this art also told a story, we saw little data visualization. Why? Humans were becoming more realistic, however, data visualization was rare because data was rare.


Infographics Part I: Discovery of the Chauvet Cave

October 3, 2016  |

We’ve been embellishing our posts with infographics since we started this blog, but we’ve never actually talked about infographics as a medium. Because of their popularity, it’s easy to think that infographics are modern-day inventions. Here, we’ll share the story of the first infographics which were painted on cave walls more than 30,000 years ago.