Delete: A Design History of Computer Vapourware

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An advance copy of ‘Delete’ has just arrived in the post this morning from Bloomsbury. The printing quality is excellent, and I’m really happy with the way the book has turned out. Thanks to everyone concerned who helped with this project. Advance copies have been sent to various magazines, so hopefully reviews will start appearing soon. The bulk of the print run arrives with Bloomsbury in a few weeks time, and its official release date is 29th August in the UK and 24th October in the US.

Initial reviews of ‘Delete’

“Paul Atkinson’s DELETE is a veritable design museum of what might have been in computer products. The abandoned concepts and prototypes that serve as his well-chosen exhibits attest to the evolutionary nature of technological development, complete with failed experiments and extinct species from which much can still be learned. In all, Atkinson makes a compelling case that the word vaporware need not always be considered a pejorative.” –  Henry Petroski, author of The Evolution of Useful Things and To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure and Professor at Duke Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, USA,

DELETE is a stunning addition to the literature of the history of technology. This book is the first to engage with the important topics of industrial design and product failure in the computer industry, although its lessons have a much wider resonance. Deeply researched and lavishly illustrated in colour, it is a pleasure to read and to browse.” –  Martin Campbell-Kelly, emeritus professor of computer science, Warwick University, UK,

“For Delete: A Design History of Computer Vapourware, Professor Paul Atkinson brings together his extensive knowledge of design practice and design history.He has an eye for exploring new and important narratives and its one of my favourite books for 2013.” –  Catherine McDermott, Professor at Kingston University, London,

More details can be found on Bloomsbury’s website.

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