13 Dec

Vintage Presentation Inspiration: IBM 1975

This morning I got a nice little surprise while browsing Google Reader Play. A vintage presentation by IBM from 1975 explaining their revolutionary technology at that time.
After some digging I found additional images and perhaps the original post on Square America

Since it’s 1975 these slides clearly pre-date PowerPoint.  They actually look more like the presentation revolution that is happening today versus what’s been going on with PowerPoint presentations in most conference rooms in the last 10 years.  The slides are well designed with a bold color scheme and focus on a single message per slide.  It’s simple and clever.

Here is a small sample of the slides for your presentation inspiration.

Vintage Presentation: 1975 IBM Slide

Vintage Presentation: 1975 IBM Slide

Vintage Presentation: 1975 IBM Slide

Vintage Presentation: 1975 IBM Slide

Vintage Presentation: 1975 IBM Slide

Vintage Presentation: 1975 IBM Slide

Vintage Presentation: 1975 IBM Slide

Vintage Presentation: 1975 IBM Slide

Vintage Presentation: 1975 IBM Slide

Comments (5)

  1. Nick Smith 13. Dec, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    Wow, what a great find! I’m so glad you shared this. Very cool.

    It really goes to show you how timeless good design is.

    It also strikes me how difficult it would have been to create this presentation in a pre-PowerPoint world.
    Nick Smith recently posted..Speaking to note-takers

  2. Kimberly Harry 14. Dec, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Slides were drafted with blue pencils on Moist Rite paper and drawn with Rapidograph pens on the drafting table. Text was typed on the IBM Electronic Selectric Composer or press type. Corrections made with Whiteout, lots of liquid Whiteout, layers of cut and paste with removable tape or redrawn. The lines on line graphs done with press-on lines. Color was expensive and used only in final documents and photographed to be presented in 35mm slides. Therefore, documents had to be completed with no changes days before a presentation. Imagine that!

  3. Dermot 15. Dec, 2010 at 5:10 am

    That’s brilliant, it’s like the invention of Powerpoint resulted in a collective amnesia, we forgot for 10-20 years and only now, we’re beginning to remember good design.
    Dermot recently posted..It’s Not About You

    • Buck 08. May, 2011 at 12:58 am

      That’s more than sebsnile! That’s a great post!

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