Vintage magazines fascinate me, they’re like paperback time capsules. Ones that focused on technology or computing are particular favorites of mine. The cover shown at the top of this post is central to a hazy memory I have from when I was a child. I can’t remember where I saw it, but I’m assuming by the date on the cover that it may have been in the school or public library. My memory didn’t come complete with the magazines’ title, so it took few specific Google searches to track it down. Fittingly, the name of the magazine was simply: Computer.
According to the IEEE Computer Society, Computer has been their flagship publication for over 40 years. Out of the entire run, most of the late 70′s and early 80′s covers had the best art direction by a country mile. I wrangled a bunch of them over here to share, but you can see view all the back issues in their entirety on the IEEE Website.
In a time when computing was such an exciting new frontier, these covers really captured the imagination. The covers seemed so alien and mysterious to me as a youngster, but that’s really what was so great about them, and the reason they made such a lasting impression.