Vapourware and the agency of ideas

ATKINSON, Paul (2012). Vapourware and the agency of ideas. In: FARIAS, Priscila Lena, BRAGA, Marcos, CALVERA, Anna and SCHINCARIOL, Zuleica, (eds.) Design frontiers : territories, concepts, technologies. Sao Paulo, Brazil, Blucher, 576-579.

WarningThere is a more recent version of this item available.
Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL:
Related URLs:


    ‘Vapourware’—computer hardware which is promoted as forthcoming but which is never manufactured—has received little attention in Design History, although it is important. Vapourware often has a direct influence on the future development of computing technology—causing competitors to reconsider, alter or even stop their planned activities. This paper shows that often, product concepts themselves influence market expectations or desires for future technological developments. Proof, in fact, of the agency of ideas. Keywords: Vapourware / Computer history / Product Design / Product concepts

    Item Type: Book Section
    Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Cultural Communication and Computing Research Institute > Art and Design Research Centre
    Page Range: 576-579
    Depositing User: Paul Atkinson
    Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2014 09:15
    Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 19:15

    Available Versions of this Item

    Actions (login required)

    View Item View Item


    Downloads per month over past year

    View more statistics