Revisiting the Palm Pilot’s uncanny alphabet

A tribute to ‘Graffiti’, Palm’s custom alphabet on their PDA devices in the 90s. Unfortunately, I remember being very proficient at writing with it on the Palm M100, in it’s full monochrome glory and awkward flip lid. Gone are the days of having separate devices for everything (ahem Vita/3DS).

“And I guess this is what the swipe and pinch and stroke and poke of touch-screen technology really transcends. At times it feels unnatural to me to interact with a gizmo this way, but to be honest, it often doesn’t feel unnatural at all; most of the time, I hardly think about it. Probably what matters more in judging post-language touch-screen navigation — and this can be a litttle unnerving — is watching a toddler, too young to speak, but evidently hard-wired to swipe and poke, navigate a touch-screen device. No reference card required.”

Revisiting the Palm Pilot’s uncanny alphabet: Observatory: Design Observer

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