Everything we do, use, and experience are all apart of our cultural patterns. Even though we may copy certain things from the past we sometimes forget our current time. All artists/designers birth a new breed of artists/designers through time along with new mediums and languages.
An expression is all one big system (design) of people who like to create and explore. What if previous inventions such as the Dynabook (Xerox) were similar to the technology we use today in terms of limitations? Limitations such as we are not free to design the actual system programming. For example the technology we use such as smart tablets and smartphones.
(Ben Fry and Casey Reas, “Processing . . . ,” in Processing: A Programming Handbook for Visual Designers and Artists (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2012), 1–7.)
(Wim Crouwel, “Type Design for the Computer Age,” Journal of Typographic Research 4 (1970): 51–59.)