Where did the Start menu come from?

In the latest episode of our podcast I lamented on how incredible the Start menu in Windows 95 was. At the time it seemed like an incredible move forward, for the first time it was easy to launch apps and find out what applications were running.

So it was interesting to read an article today about the origins of the Start button. Even more so that it was born from a behavioral scientist, who worked with B.F Skinner. Having a degree in behavioral science I found this particularly interesting. It often amazes me that a lot of research from the behavioral sciences doesn’t translate more into application design, through the user interface and experience.

You can read about the fascinating origins over here.

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