Reinventing the Wheel

$15.00

Now available in paperback, this delightful book spins the history of the information wheel or ‘volvelle’, widely used since the Fourteenth century to measure, record, predict, and calculate everything from time and space to military history to recipes. In this fascinating book, Design Observer co-founder Jessica Helfand offers an in-depth look at these unique artifacts, which are not only clever and amusing but, Helfand argues, relevant as a model for modern interactive design. From circular mathematical slide rules to Captain Marvel phonetic decoders,Reinventing the Wheel demonstrates the astonishing range and remarkable utility of these ingenious “interactive” tools.

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Now available in paperback, this delightful book spins the history of the information wheel or ‘volvelle’, widely used since the Fourteenth century to measure, record, predict, and calculate everything from time and space to military history to recipes. In this fascinating book, Design Observer co-founder Jessica Helfand offers an in-depth look at these unique artifacts, which are not only clever and amusing but, Helfand argues, relevant as a model for modern interactive design. From circular mathematical slide rules to Captain Marvel phonetic decoders,Reinventing the Wheel demonstrates the astonishing range and remarkable utility of these ingenious “interactive” tools.