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Lest we forget that the personal computer revolution had its roots in 1970s counterculture. Picture courtesy of Alan Cooper.

 

 

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“This picture,” Alan Cooper says, “was taken in Marin County during the Spring or early summer of 1970, right around my 18th birthday.” Within five years, Alan had founded his first company, SSG, producing some of the first serious business software for microcomputers. In 1988, Alan created a visual programming language code-named Ruby(!), later known as Visual Basic; Alan has been called the Father of Visual Basic. You might also know him as the founder of Cooper, a leading interaction design consultancy, or as the author of About Face: The Essentials of User Interface Design and The Inmates Are Running the Asylum: Why High-Tech Products Drive Us Crazy and How to Restore the Sanity. “The future,” Alan reminds us, “is right in front of us, unobscured by anything other than our inability to recognize it.”