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Thinking Visually: IBM Circa 1975

I remember the pre-PowerPoint days, and the challenges of creating slide presentations: 35 mm slides created by hand and with computerized augmentation. Here’s a great presentation (wish we had the speaker notes!) ostensibly from IBM (1975). I use “great” because of color and design that feels almost modern and Zen-like (Garr Reynolds). I say “ostensibly” because the provenance is, umm, nuanced.

This slide show was first posted at; the page isn’t working at the moment. It was featured in 2008 on AisleOne, The FastForward BlogISO50 and Flickr (July) as well as VeryShortList (August) and  Trendland (November); in 2009 on AtariAge; and in 2010 on bumbumbum, DesignLessBetter and HauteSlides. It was also shared on various tech mailing lists. A PPT presentation lives on DocStoc and now Slideshare.

If you know anything about the provenance, please say so in the comments!

UPDATE: I found a different version on SlideShare with far more slides than the DocStoc version – “Combined by PowerLexis – Russia’s leading presentation and design consulting company”.  It, too, says the images came from ShareAmerica.

UPDATE 2: I have modified my Slideshare upload, grouping slides by type and making it clear that the provenance of this piece is questionable.

By Kathy E. Gill

Digital evangelist, speaker, writer, educator. Transplanted Southerner; teach newbies to ride motorcycles! @kegill

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