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Make It NewThe History of Silicon Valley Design$
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Barry M. Katz

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780262029636

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262029636.001.0001

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Research and Development

Research and Development

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Make It New

Barry M. Katz

The MIT Press

Design surely had a role in shaping the computer, but far more important was the role of the computer in shaping design. This chapter studies the involvement of designers at two labs that formed the research core of the Silicon Valley environment: the Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park, and the Xerox Corporation’s Palo Alto Research Center. At SRI Douglas Engelbart established the Augmentation Research Center where, in a hitherto undisclosed collaboration with Robert Propst of the Herman Miller furniture company, he developed a set of tools intended to enable geographically dispersed teams to collaborate across time and space. It follows the fledgling design community to Xerox PARC, where it contributed to the development of the first computer workstation, and concludes by studying its role in the first of the market-oriented Silicon Valley technology startups.

Keywords:   Stanford Research Institute, Douglas Engelbart, Xerox PARC, Herman Miller Corporation

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