When Screens were Secondary: Mario Bellini’s TCV 250 for Olivetti
Fun post from Core77 that revisits Mario Bellini’s TCV 250, designed for Olivetti in 1966. It’s a good reminder that screens weren’t always front and center on our desktops. As the post points out, keyboards were much bulkier back then, and much of the design focuses on minimizing that bulk.
Starkly futuristic for the time, the screen was so secondary (to the task of facing the human being sitting across from the desk) that it’s placed off-center to the side, enabling the user to glace at it briefly to glean the required information needed to inform the human face-to-face conversation.
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