This is probably the last of my PC News posts. Time to move out of the 80’s!
The first cover here was for an issue announcing that PC News was going the Desktop Publishing route. Things weren’t entirely digital yet in those days; for example, we still had to paste up all the type the Mac was going to be bursting through here. Photoshop didn’t yet exist, so we did the magazine using Aldus Pagemaker, Adobe Illustrator, MacDraw and MacDraft! Any non-digitally-created art like this still had to be photostatted, then run through a smelly device called a waxer (I don’t know if those things even exist anymore), so it could then be burnished by hand down onto the page.
The second cover was for a featured article in a followup edition, “The Pinnacles and Pitfalls of Desktop Publishing.” Because of course, since it was still early days with these machines, there were problems you’d encounter. I remember getting that screen with the bomb logo a number of times! It was fun to come up with all the lurking bugs here for this illustration.
And that’s it for now, from the Lab in 1985!
And here’s yet another PC News cover flashback.
Once again, I’m not really sure what’s going on here. Too much water under the bridge since then. There’s a tickle of a thought in the back of my mind that this might be relative to some program called “Jazz,” though I’m not sure.
Whatever it is, I kind of liked how the illustration came out for its own sake. Jazz musicians with old school Macintoshes for heads? Works for me!
I think there’ll be one more of these cover posts to come.
Still more PC News cover “flashback-ing” in public.
This cover dealt with an astounding new concept: the idea of two computers being able to communicate with each other…over phone lines! Isn’t modern technology amazing?
What?? Well, I did say in my first post on these that it was weird looking back at all these concepts that we take for granted now. Don’t forget: this was done around 1984/1985.
Still more to come.
Here’s another PC News cover flashback from my LLNL days, circa ’84/’85.
Umm, what to say about this one? I don’t know that I can fully explain what’s going on here anymore. Too many years removed. I think what’s going on is that this was for an article talking about how they were able to give PC’s verbal instructions and have them translated into proper computer language, but then you can probably pick up that much from it on your own.
And for reasons I don’t recall, I was playing around with a quasi-Chester Gould “Dick Tracy” look. Though I no longer fully understand what I was trying to do here, I still think it was kind of a fun piece.
The “flashback-ery” will continue.
Often to start off a New Year, people will spend a little time looking back. I’m going to look way back to the mid-80’s for a few posts or so here. Hopefully it’ll be of interest.
At that point in time, I was working at LLNL, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, doing graphic design and illustration. Most of the graphics we did were technical type things, as you’d imagine. One of my more fun regular jobs though was to illustrate the covers of The PC News, an in-house newsletter/magazine.
Most of this stuff has never been seen outside the Lab. And it’s funny to look at some of the concepts these illustrations address now, some 25+ years (yikes!) removed. A lot of this stuff we take for granted now, the personal computer’s become so imbedded in our culture.
This first cover I’m posting was for an issue indexing some of the more important or “popular” stories that had appeared over the previous year. At this late date, I don’t recall why I drew a punk, or why they would even let me do that in the first place. One thing I do recall; they made me get rid of the ray gun for publication, replacing it with a lightpen. So this is the first time anyone (outside of the PC News editors) has seen this in its original form. The smaller drawing was just a spot illo for the inside front cover.
There will be more PC News flashbacks to come.