XX.1 January + February 2013
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Lost icons, Paris 2012

Eli Blevis

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Image Contributors: Eli Blevis

Genre: Documentary observation and reflection

ins01.gif An icon denoting a long-obsolete circular mechanical phone dial adorns a phone booth replete with push-button pay phones—another obsolete technology. The icon is somehow comforting, nostalgic, and curiously familiar despite its reference to vintage technology. Icons are a large part of interaction design. The point that some icons live on past the lifespan of the technologies they picture is interesting apropos of what is and what is not durable in design.

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