A Computer Glossary

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1968

A Computer Glossary was shown in 1968 in the IBM Corporation’s pavilion at Hemisfair, the World’s Fair in San Antonio, Texas.  The film, another project in series of Eames Office endeavors to promote understanding of the electronic computer, begins with a live-action, close-up sequence depicting the path that data travels in the computer.  It is accompanied by a soundtrack of professional jargon spoken by the computer-room staff.

The film goes on to introduce various terms specific to electronic data processing, thereby creating a computer glossary. The Eameses employed animated sequences to define and illustrate the glossary (according to definitions that were valid in the mid-1960’s).

A Computer Glossary was written by Charles and Eames Office staff member Glen Fleck, with the assistance of Lynn Stoller of IBM.  The film won a bronze medal at the Atlanta International Film Festival in 1969.

In the gallery below, you can see two images of the IBM Pavilion at Hemisfair, including one which shows A Computer Glossary on the big screen.

Music by Elmer Bernstein.

10 minutes, 47 seconds.  Color.