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Jun 30, 2006: The History of the Button

Bill DeRouchey, information architect and all-around nice guy from Portland, Oregon, has just launched a blog to explore the history of the humble button:

The idea: The button is interesting. It has a history, an evolution. It began as a simple on/off device and has become a central part of our human culture. We reach out to manipulate objects. We push buttons and magic things happen.

At first, the light goes on. The light goes off. But now, we find our friends and family. We order and ship presents. We launch bombs. The button is the center of our power.

This blog/resource/concept is to explore and record the history of the button. That's all.

Sounds like fun in a sort of Salt and Cod kind of way. Maybe Bill should follow it up with a companion history of the index finger? ;-)

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