Reinventing the Wheel

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Princeton Architectural Press, May 4, 2006 - Architecture - 158 pages
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Now available in paperback, this delightful book spins the history of the information wheel, as inventive and instructive as intriguing, that has been used since the fourteenth century to measure, record, predict, and calculate everything from time and space to military history to recipes. In this fascinating book, designer and critic Jessica Helfand offers and in-depth look at these unique artifacts, which are not only clever and amusing but, Helfand argues, relevant as a model for modern interactive design. From circular mathematical slide rules to Captain Marvel phonetic decoders, Reinventing the Wheel demonstrates the astonishing range and remarkable utility of these ingenious "interactive" tools.
 

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This thoroughly unusual book by designer and critic Helfand will delight graphic, information, and book designers. It will equally fascinate those interested in intellectual history, history of ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
42
Section 2
47
Section 3
56
Section 4
64
Section 5
70
Section 6
71
Section 7
73
Section 8
95
Section 9
105
Section 10
112
Section 11
115
Section 12
127
Section 13
132
Section 14
154
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About the author (2006)

Jessica Helfand is partner with William Drenttel in Jessica Helfand/William Drenttel, a design consultancy.

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