Delete: A Design History of Computer Vapourware
Posted Friday, January 29, 2016
I recently had the opportunity to review Paul Atkinson’s book Delete: A Design History of Computer Vapourware.
Delete is highly recommended for those interested in computer hardware design or retrocomputing. The volume is packed with gorgeous images of computers that were announced but never commercially produced. Atkinson’s interviews with the designers and executives closest to these unrealized products are fascinating.
My in-depth review of Delete can be found in the latest issue of Design and Culture. The PDF is available for free online. You can also browse the photo collection of former Sinclair Research designer Rick Dickinson, who worked on a number of the unrealized products chronicled in Delete.