The Multics (Multiplexed Information and Computing Service) System was a time-sharing computer conceptualized around 1964. Here’s a fun fact: the design and features of Multics influenced the development of the Unix operating system. More nerdery from Wikipedia: “The name Unix (originally Unics) is itself a pun on Multics. The U in Unix is rumored to stand for uniplexed as opposed to the multiplexed of Multics, further underscoring the designers’ rejections of Multics’ complexity in favor of a more straightforward and workable approach for smaller computers.” So I find this stuff totally fascinating, but you might not, so I’ll just talk about the design now.
Oh my god, Becky, look at the cover. This 1975 Honeywell cover is reminiscent of the classic Romek Marber Penguin covers that every designer has been, in recent years, reproducing like rabbits. And it’s obvious why; it’s a minimal and timeless recipe that never fails aesthetically. There’s something really beautiful about concentric circles, especially when layered with the right hues and shades; in this case, warm browns and oranges. But surely, those circles must mean something. I mean, back then, people didn’t just make arbitrary minimal graphics do nothing but look cool, right? According to multicians.org (<– whoa, nerd alert!), “Multics ran on specialized expensive CPU hardware that provided a segmented, paged, ring-structured virtual memory.” Ahhh.