Now that the Apple iTablet is coming, we must give the proper credit to the early vision of our friend Roger Fidler.
I meet Roger in the late 1980′s and since then we have shared the same hope: that one day, print newspaper will migrate to new digital platforms.
My “rubber newspaper” idea was inspired by his concepts and prototypes.
Roger was our host in New York’s Columbia University and at the Boulder’s Knight Ridder Information Design Laboratory, where one of my former students, Alvaro Moncada, had a fantastic summer internship.
Roger Fidler was a journalist and newspaper designer for 34 years and has been on the leading edge of online and digital publishing development since the late 1970s.
As program director for digital publishing at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI), he coordinates digital publishing research projects and the Digital Publishing Alliance (DPA).
Here you can watch a 1994 video with his first Newspaper Tablet prototype.
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