Wow. I think this is pretty neat-looking.  I didn’t really get what it was about at first, but I definitely liked the spray-painty works.  Spray-painty isn’t really a word.  But you don’t care, do you?  It looks like it was spray painted on.  With a stencil.  Anyway…

In order to really understand off the bat what this infographic is about, you need to know what the source said about it in their blog post.  Paraphrased, they said that technological evolution has become the norm, and that we sort of take it for granted that the next new thing is around the corner.  This is a historical infographic about the EVOLUTION of technology, but they talk about it in REVOLUTIONARY TERMS.  I think.  Either way, they tell us what the first form of said technology was, and it’s evolution to its current format.  It’s not perfect, but it sure is fun.


The graphic says the horse and cart started around 3500 BC.  The car was released in 1903.  We’re still driving cars, meaning we haven’t come up with the next new thing in that arena.  They throw out little fun facts, like the fact that a horse can put half of their body to sleep.  Is that even true?  That’s so cool.  They give us information about the first car (Model A.  It only came in red) but don’t cover the evolution of cars, because that would have taken a whole different infographic to explain.


The first use of organized mail delivery happened in Egypt in 2400 BC.  Today, we use email, which was first used in 1971.  They skip over Pony Express, and don’t talk about IM, but we get the comparison.


The telephone was invented in 1876, and the phonebooth was invented in 1889.  The first mobile phone was introduced in 1973 in Japan, and the first REALLY mobile phone was introduced in the 1980’s by Motorola.  They skipped over cordless phones and beepers, but whatevs.


Fingerprints were first identified as a good source of, well, identification by a guy named Sir Francis Galton in 1892, and in 1902 the first fingerprint evidence-based conviction was made.  It’s funny that even before 1892, Fredrich Miescher discovered DNA.  That happened in 1869.  They just didn’t know how they could use it.  They found out in 1987 when DNA first led to a conviction.


EV was invented in 1920.  Live TV happened in 1936.  Today we have On Demand TV, which started (thanks, Virgin Media) in 2005.


The VHS was invented in 1971.  The DVD was released in 1993.  They deem it OK to skip over Betamax, LaserDisc, and other types of media, and BluRay isn’t big enough yet to make the list, I guess.  Makes me feel better about all those DVDs I own.


The CD was introduced in 1982, and the MP3 in 1999.  Sub Pop was the first label to use MP3s.  Guess records and 8-tracks and cassettes don’t make the list either.


The first big, clunky server was invented in 1981.  Cloud hosting has existed since 2005 but has really taken off since 2010.

Design:  B+ 

It’s neat-looking

Information: C+

but I want to rate it lower.

I have a pet peeve against misleading infographic titles.  If this had really been about generations, it would have been organized differently, and would have brought in information about the things I mentioned above that were left out.  However for something like servers, there are really only two options, so if you had to pick two for each I think they picked the best ones for every category except for music.  They should have started with the vinyl record, not the CD.  I get what they’re doing, and overall the information was fascinating.


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