The Communication Studio

Early Digital

Early interactive digital Graphics


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Telidon/NAPLPS was an SVG-like display format that was used early on in the interactive environment "before it was The Web" (1979-89) . NAPLPS offered hi-rez, device-independent, byte-lite, animated graphics - it was cutting edge for the time. Come to think of it, the Web is catching up with that level of built-in browser-level graphical sophistication only now.

Anyhow, here are a few short examples of the craft - mostly 10-30 seconds apiece. They demonstrate the speed at which the technology could display graphics at that time (the mid 80's) Sorry about the crummy visual resolution; These were shot off the screen with a video camera. You know, "technological limitations" of the time...

All of these animations were less than 3000 bytes

Music for the animations: William B. Porter / Whitehorse Productions


Edward Tufte