What Would Apple Look Like in 1997? They Predicted It (Awkwardly) in This 1987 Video

Predictions of the future are pretty hard to get right, but Apple sure tried hard in this awkwardly hilarious video from 1987. Here the company predicted what the futuristic world of 1997 would look like, getting a number of things like world-wide Internet correct, and predicting a few devices that would take a bit longer (like a wearable computer similar to Google Glass).

Retrowave: A Stunning 80s Animation Combines ‘Tron’ with ‘Back to the Future’

It’s part Back to the Future vehicles, part Tron surrealism. German animator Florian Renner has produced a overload of ‘80s goodness with his latest short, called Retrowave. The neon wrapped buildings of his futuristic city are seen through a greased lens. And down on the streets a time-traveling Delorean races through 88 mph and time itself. It’s a fitting vision for this 30th anniversary of the now legendary film.

A Look at Apple Prototypes from the 1980s

With Apple, it’s always been about the inspired and iconic design – and that was certainly true even in the early days. Keep It Simple: The Early Design Years of Apple is an insider’s look at those formative years as told through the eyes of designer Hartmut Esslinger. Working side-by-side with Steve Jobs in developing Apple into a global brand, their minds created the look and feel of the Apple IIc and Macintosh. These are the thoughtful concepts that surrounded those world changing products.

Back to the Future: Behind the Scenes Shots Just Before the Age of CGI

Watching today’s movies, you’re never quite sure if it’s real or if it’s computer generated. But that wasn’t the case a few years back, and these pictures from the three installments of Back to the Future really drive it home. Where would Marty McFly and Doc Brown be without a flying DeLorean, hoverboards and a souped up steam locomotive? Probably back in boring old 1985.

Totally Rad: Photographing Malls Across America (in 1989)

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In 1989 Michael Galinsky set out driving across the country from Long Island, to North Dakota, and Washington State beyond. His mission? Documenting the malls of America as he went. His series is a time capsule from a transitioning country, where downtown districts continued to lose popularity and the “big box” malls became social and consumer hubs. Here teens roam with matching mullets, the elderly enjoy cigarettes inside, and ‘stonewash’ jeans had elastic at the bottom.

Totally Awesome 80’s Illustrations to the Max

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To advertise their new miniseries, 80’s the Decade That Made Us, National Geographic commissioned the talented Adhemas Batista to make these totally tubular graphic designs. The ads, which are more colorful than a Lisa Frank Trapper Keeper, appeared outside of Nat Geo’s launch party for the show at SXSW last week featuring live music by Girl Talk. The three episode miniseries, narrated by Rob Lowe, will air on Sunday, April 14th at 8pm on the Nat Geo channel and highlight the movies, music, politics, interesting fashion choices, and bulky technology that made the decade unforgettable.

Totally Rad! Apple Fashion From the 1980s

Oh the 80s… so wonderful and so completely regrettable. Check out these examples from Apple’s foray into the fashion world from somewhere about 1986. Baggy sweatshirts? Elastic waisted nylon pants? Bodacious graphic design? Check, check and check. We can guarantee any of these designs would put you in the top slot at your next 80s party costume contest… you can’t beat the lethal combination all-out tech nerdery and, like, totally rad style!

Just A Few Years Before Facebook

“What the heck it electronic mail!?” Before the computer world was connecting every few seconds, the idea of email and online shopping was a concept that had to be communicated to customers. This roundup of vintage computer ads, explores some of the stranger ways companies like Apple and IBM brought us into the information age… be sure to see the last ad in this article, it’s a sight of things to come

Campy Pop Culture Subway Posters From 70’s Japan

These vintage subway posters from 1970’s and 1980’s Japan playfully use a host of pop culture icons to encourage proper etiquette while boarding and riding the countries many punctual trains. Charlie Chaplin’s fuhrer reminds us not to take up too much space, Superman wishes he hadn’t stepped in your gum and John Wayne lets us know when it’s smoke free time. This collection of posters is originally from the book Manner Poster 100, published in 1983.

The Toys of Yesteryear in Realistic Paintings

For anyone raised in the early 80’s, these highly realistic paintings will bring back fond memories and probably your sweet tooth. From Fisher Price people to Gummy Bears, acclaimed artist Margaret Morrison reveals a touch of blissful youth with every stroke of her brush. For more on her tasty work, see artknowledgenews.com.