IBM Slides: 1975

Posted by Scott

Stuart Dixon sent in these slides from a 1975 IBM presentation. They’re posted in a collection featured at Square America; the only information listed is the tagline at the top:

"It’s 1975 And This Man Is About To Show You The Future (Scenes From An IBM Slide Presentation)"

Have a browse through the rest of the collection, there are some really nice slides in there. I particularly like the information design examples like the last image pictured above. As far as I can tell much of it is set in Helvetica, but there seem to be a couple other faces floating around in there. The segmented slide (4th one down from top) would be great as a massive wall hanging. Someone needs to email Square America and see if we can get hi-res versions of these; many would make great posters.

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Brad Blackman says:

July 25, 2008 at 6:44 am

These are from 1975?! Man, PowerPoint really killed the art of slides, didn’t it? I don’t think presentations have gotten back up to this point, aside from Steve Jobs’ keynote speeches.


Jameson Nyeholt says:

July 25, 2008 at 8:36 am

Those are damn sexy. I agree, Powerpoint killed the art- and yes, Steve Job’s are good.

I feel like Apple’s Keynote software is a pretty good for making halfway decent slides. The latest version of Powerpoint of Mac is way to clunky to make anything look decent.


Scott says:

July 25, 2008 at 8:50 am

desktop publishing killed the art of publishing. the moment that ted from sales was able to create the sales slideshow, ted from sales starting creating the sales slideshows. Also, putting pretty much anything on film makes it look a whole heck of a lot better.

keynote is pretty slick, even without the t-neck.


brockman says:

July 25, 2008 at 7:01 pm

IBM seemed very keen on good design back then. they commisioned charles and ray eames to make math based, informational, short videos for them: IBM mathematica peep shows.


Eivind says:

July 26, 2008 at 10:00 am

I like how the guy’s hair flips sides. I guess people weren’t that observant/picky in the times before’s Goofs section.


alexander says:

July 27, 2008 at 11:49 pm

Elvin: LOL! They’re SLIDES. They’re analogue – bits of film mounted in plastic frames that were put in a slide projector to show.

So if you turn it round the wrong way before you scan it to show it on your blog… the guy’s hair flips!



Eivind says:

July 28, 2008 at 6:19 am

Aleksandra: Err.. I don’t think anyone actually thought IBM had invented the flippable hairpiece as well :) In addition to scanning of the slides/film they may have been flipped intentionally when made, that happenes in films all the time and was what I tried to point out. But thanks.


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