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Guide to the Internet (2000)

Jabba approves of the internet

Leigh picked up a little gem from an antiques and curios shop in Burford, titled “The Internet A to Z”. This little tome was published in the year of our Lord 2000 (so possibly written in 1999), and it was interesting to see what difference 10 years makes.

In particular, there were 2 very relevant entries:

Opera

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…and then iCab…

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…ouch!

Not changing something

I love this quote…

It’s understandable for designers to want to change things and make their mark, but not to change something is a perfectly legitimate design decision. It can sometimes be better to retain the existing core and make modifications – and perhaps improvements – around the edges.

John Miles of Banks & Miles, 1979

Banks & Miles were given the job of creating a updated version of Edward Johnston’s successful corporate typeface for the London Underground. Here John is describing the result of their work, the now multi-weight ‘New Johnston’.

It’s easy to feel that by not changing everything in a redesign, that you’ve somehow failed in your job, or missed something. Not true!