Interface: people, machines, design is an exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, that explores how design has been applied to information technology products; and about how a handful of companies made complicated technology appealing and easy to use.

What they did effectively was, look at what you do, think about what you need and create what you want.


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Interface is about the visionaries who started some of the great consumer product companies of the 20th century, including Olivetti, Braun and Apple, and how the designers and engineers they hired found a means of imparting their ideals into the products they designed.

Olivetti Logos 55 desktop calculator

Olivetti Logos 55 desktop calculator

Interface considers successful and not-so-successful design methods and approaches, influences and ideals that are shared by different companies and designers, in different parts of the world, at different times. The exhibition extracts those threads and pay homage to the ideas, the designers, the companies and the devices that preceded the extraordinary information technology that is now a part of our everyday lives.

Brionvega RR126 radiogram

Brionvega RR126 radiogram


Where | Powerhouse Museum

When | 15 August 2014 – 11 Oct 2015

Cost | Free with Museum admission

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