Few people have heard of it, yet many consider John Blankenbaker's KENBAK-1 to be the first commercial personal computer.

Koss introduced these headphones over 40 years ago, and they remain affordable favorites to this day.

Chasing Perfection: The Braun ET66 Calculator

When you eat your keypad, do you eat the red ones last?

Good design is really hard, although it often appears effortless. The Braun ET calculator series is a case in point. The original ET22 was crafted by Braun's chief designer Dieter Rams and Dietrich Lubs in 1976. It was an immediate success, thanks to the glistening multi-colored keypad and functionalist high-tech styling.

However, it took more than a decade for Rams & Lubs to perfect the design in the ET66 (above, 1987) by removing every last sliding switch and non-circular button. Since then, the ET 66 has become one of the most imitated designs on earth. Even Apple wasn't immune to its allure; the original iPhone calculator paid unmistakable homage to its unobtrusive and functional form.

Design Museum: Dieter Rams


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