Once upon a time, our computers and various technologies came in vibrant colors. It made sense at a time when computers were massive. Also, 1960s and 70s decor tended to make everything colorful. Unlike today where our refrigerators are plain white or stainless steel – fridges of the 60s and 70s were harvest gold, tangerine and avocado green. So too were the technologies of the day; a trend that truly didn’t wear off until the late 1980s.
So, let’s have a look at a time when tech equipment had flair. Enjoy.
These mainframes are plain grey with an orange strip for that extra zing. A perfect accent to the orange carpet.
Note that a few of these pictures can be found in When Computers Were Giant; a related post worth a look.
The lemon cases go perfectly with the wood paneling, don’t you think?
I love how her dress is perfectly coordinated with the computer.
It’s always nice to have your secretaries dress to match the office equipment.
Is this Space:1999? Nope. It’s just an early 70s office. That printer alone probably weighs a ton; I guess you’d need that sturdy base just to support its immense mass. That thing could probably withstand a hurricane without budging.
This is from 1968, so “computer access from anywhere” may be a bit of an overstatement. Still, I’m diggin’ the groovy blue trim.
I included this 1980s picture as a reminder that we weren’t done being colorful yet. And let’s not forget the first iMac came in brilliant colors years later.
This, from a 1966 brochure, demonstrates how important it was to make all this equipment actually look nice. Although, maybe they went a little overboard.
Just because the equipment is for play, doesn’t mean it can’t be colorful.
IBM – you didn’t have to add color to your boxes, but you did. And now there’s a bit of color in this man’s life. He’s a quiet, introverted man, but deep down he thanks you.
Dear God, this colors of this room are so insane, any further color from the computers would be retina scarring. A snazzy purple stripe across the top to match the room is more than enough.
Truth be told, I’m a bit tired of the Plain Jane look to my technology; I’m ready to go back to the colorful look. Like the great Ice-T once said: “My colors, my honour, my colors, my all. With my colors upon me one soldier stands tall.” Peace out.
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