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What a glorious find—a set of vintage posters from the late-80s, some kind of office tech PSA series.  Where did they come from? I first saw them cruising around imgur last week. The time stamp says they were posted  in 2014 by a user named ericv.

Eric says he found them at work; OP lives in Madison, Wisconsin, but the copyright on the images lists Vangaurd Marketing in Northborogh, Massachusetts. A ten minute Google search turned up nothing about a company by that name and location that would tie it to this poster series in any logical convention.

The grid design suggests work by Michel Tcherevkoff, a conceptual designer who did covers for Omni magazine in mid-’80s.


Pretty sweet, right? I remember reading Omni back in my Oregon Trail playing days.

Glowing grids portrayed anything “technological” in this era. The film Tron (1982) is probably the most prevalent use of the aesthetic.

Another famous instance predates this. Who can place this screen shot?


X Wing Targeting Computer


Hint: 1977 was a long time ago…


Now let’s check out these awesome office tech PSAs. There are some real gems in here.

Did You? Did You!

Did You? Did You!

Open_Sesame is better than 'password' is.

Open_Sesame is better than ‘password’ is.

I hope MUM Isn't the password, either.

I hope MUM Isn’t the password, either.

office tech

Big data in the age of big iron

office tech

My what?

Private eyes. Are watching you.

Private eyes. Are watching you.

The real takeaway here is the office tech problems from the ’80s haven’t changed much since then. Asinine password behavior remains the ire of security professionals. Companies still struggle to adequately backup data, and fly without a disaster recovery plan. Egregious mishandling of sensitive data is a problem from the C-level on down.

There are a slew of office tech problems on top of these today. Phishing attacks, ransomware, wasting time on imgur at work, the list goes on. It’s a grid-like jungle out there. You have to be careful.

It is a shame that these images are probably too small to print and hang at your office. They are relevant and beautiful reminders to avoid being a jerk with your office tech.

These '80s Office Tech PSA Posters Are Awesome
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These '80s Office Tech PSA Posters Are Awesome
What a glorious find—a set of vintage posters from the late-80s, some kind of office tech PSA series.
Adam Lovinus

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A tech writer and Raspberry Pi enthusiast from Orange County, California.

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