Post: The Artwork of BYTE Magazine
Do you remember BYTE magazine? Maybe you're a hardcore über geek like me? If so, you know that back in the day, BYTE was *the* computer magazine to read. Actually, now that I think about it, BYTE might have been only one of two or three available at the time. The first issue was released in September of 1975 with a cover proclaiming computers as being the the ultimate toys. The magazine was published for 23 years and spanned 23 volumes and 287 issues, with the last issue released in July of 1998. Over the years the BYTE crew covered an eclectic mix of computer-based stories. A few of my favorite highlights are when they wrote about hand-wound, copper core memory, the computers of Star Trek, the UNIX operating system, the introduction of the IBM PC, the Amiga 500, an entire issue dedicated to the awesome Motorola 68000 family of central processing units (CPU), the introduction of the original Macintosh, and the history behind the creation of the Internet and the World Wide Web.
BYTE Magazine Covers (© 1975-1998)
The articles were fantastic, but I honestly think that my favorite aspect of the magazine were the funky, hand-drawn, surrealistic artwork that appearer on both the covers and in the articles. This was especially true regarding the older issues of BYTE. This surrealistic artistic approach became the norm from the first issue in 1975 until the release of the June issue in 1988. After that, BYTE started producing covers and artwork more in line with modern design philosophy. Despite the switch away from hand-drawn artwork, BYTE was still known as the computer magazine that you absolutely had to read on a monthly basis. Take a look at the screen shot above and make up your own mind. What artistic approach do you prefer?
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