Cultures of Use – 1970s/1980s: An Archaeology of Computing's Integration with Everyday Life

The cover spread of this dissertation makes reference to 1970s and 1980s visual and stylistic idioms, e.g. using the Apple Garamond and ITC Souvenir fonts and a textured gradient.
The title page states the dissertation's full title and relevant information pertaining to the doctoral candidate and the degree-granting institution.
The Table of Contents shows an overview of the main contents of the dissertation, organised in parts and then by chapter and section.
Spread of pages 4–5 showing figure 1 (right), which is the cover of Time's January 1983 edition celebrating the Machine of the Year (text: “The Computer Moves In”).
Spread of pages 74–75 showing figure 4 (right), which is an advertisement for Word Perfect that appeared in an issue of Creative Computing in 1983.
Spread of pages 86–87 showing figure 6 (left), which is the cover of Creative Computing's June 1983 edition.
Spread of pages 118–119 displaying the layout for regular body text pages (e.g., headers and sections, margins, type areas, character and paragraph styles, indents, and footnotes).
Spread of pages 152–153 showing figure 12 (right), which is an advertisement for CompuServe that appeared in an issue of Family Computing in August 1984.
Spread of pages 210–211 displaying the layout for reference text pages at the end (e.g., headers and sections, margins, type areas, character and paragraph styles, and indents).
Info
Title: Cultures of Use – 1970s/1980s
Subtitle: An Archaeology of Computing's Integration with Everyday Life
Type: Print; Paperback
Type.dimensions: 240 × 170 × 13 mm
Type.pages: viii, 228 pages
Type.printing: Black; Full-colour process (CMYK) (cover, selected spreads); Double-sided
Type.paper: 350 g/m² (cover); 100 g/m² (pages)
Type.edition: 50 copies
Commissioner.name: N. (Niels) Kerssens
Commissioner.affiliation: Dept. of Media Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam
Designer.name: F. N. (Fernando) van der Vlist
Author.name: N. (Niels) Kerssens
Author.affiliation: Dept. of Media Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam
Supervisor.name: Prof. Dr. J. F. T. M. (José) van Dijck
Supervisor.affiliation: Dept. of Media Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam
Co-supervisor.name: Dr. B. (Bernhard) Rieder
Co-supervisor.affiliation: Dept. of Media Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam
Description: The PhD dissertation Cultures of Use – 1970s/1980s by Niels Kerssens examines “the archeology of computing's integration with everyday life by examining transformations across Cultures of Use (CoU) within the period between the 1970s and 1980s, when computing moved out of organizations and into our homes and our everyday lives” (dare.uva.nl). The graphic design and typographical decisions are intended to reflect these cultures of computing in this particular historical period. This is a period marked by the popularisation of the personal computer beyond the corporate sector, its entrance into people's homes and everyday lives, and its increasing commercialisation (through television commercials, promotional materials, and so forth). Design-related choices such as selecting and matching font families, font sizes, kerning, document margins, text alignments, colours and colouring techniques, and image manipulations all serve to evoke an association with the 1970s and 1980s cultures of computing and word processing in particular. Additionally, a small number of actual magazine covers, spreads, and posters from this period are reproduced in colour in this dissertation.
Printer: Printenbind.nl
Printer.place: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Publisher: University of Amsterdam
Publisher.place: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Date.published: 25 May 2016
Language: English (United States)
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