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March 26, 2015

A Brief History of the ATM

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The cash dispenser was born almost 50 years ago, in 1967. For many, this was the first tangible evidence that retail banking was changing; the introduction of the ATM marked the dawn of contemporary digital banking.

The ATM finds its origins in the 1950s and 1960s, when self-service gas stations, supermarkets, automated public-transportation ticketing, and candy dispensers were popularized. The first cash machine seems to have been deployed in Japan in the mid-1960s.

The most successful early deployments took place in Europe, where bankers responded to increasing unionization and rising labor costs by soliciting engineers to develop a solution for after-hours cash distribution. This resulted in three independent efforts, each of which entered use in 1967: the Bankomat in Sweden, and the Barclaycash and Chubb MD2 in the U.K.
Source: A Brief History of the ATM — The Atlantic



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March 18, 2015

A murderer's last words inspired Nike's "Just do it"

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Dan Wieden, co-founder of the advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy,the agency behind Nike's "Just do it" slogan says that the world's most recognisable taglines was based on the words of a murderer facing a firing squad.

Gary Gilmore had robbed and murdered two men in Utah and was executed by firing squad the following year. Gilmore, who had grown up in Portland, Oregan – the city that is home to both Nike and Wieden+Kennedy, was supposed to have uttered 'Let's do it' as his last words (though some say he actually said "Let's do this").

Dan Wieden, didn't think 'Let's do it' was quite it - so he changed it "Just do it". And the rest, like they say, is history!

Source: Nike's "Just do it" was based on the last words of a murderer




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March 14, 2015

The History of Lorem Ipsum

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If you’re a designer, this phrase is everywhere. Known as “filler text” or "dummy copy" or “Greek copy”, people use it to simulate the appearance of whatever text will ultimately be used in a design. This way, a designer doesn’t have to wait for the text to be written to format it, and they and the client aren’t distracted from the graphical or interactive elements of the design by reading the copy.

At some point, likely in the middle ages, a typesetter had to make a type specimen book, to demo different fonts, and he got the idea that if the text should be insensible, so as not to distract from the page’s graphical features. So he took a handy page of non-Biblical Latin -- Cicero -- and scrambled it into mostly gibberish. “Lorem” isn’t even a Latin word -- it’s the second half of “dolorem,” meaning “pain” or “sorrow”. Thus Lorem Ipsum was born, and began its long journey to ubiquity.

Source: The History of Lorem Ipsum




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