Throwback to 1989

A monumental year, and not only for Vi…

The year 1989 – when Apple Macs were newly launched and innovations such as the Internet were on the verge of invention… and Visual Identity was established!

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“The Year That Made Us”
The World Wide Web was born

Sir Tim Berners-Lee came up with the idea of the World Wide Web while working as a software engineer in Geneva, Switzerland. He saw it as a way for scientists around the world to share information, and the rest is history!

History of the Web

The near-miss!

In March 1989 an asteroid, 1,000-feet in diameter missed the earth by just 400,000 miles and a few months later, scientists told us we narrowly missed being struck by another passing asteroid weighing a massive 400 million tons!

The end of the Cold War

On November 9th, the Eastern German government lifted the Iron Curtain to allow free travel through the Berlin Wall, and thousands of East-Berliners were able to move through the crossing points.

Sir Cliff released his 100th Single

The Best of Me received positive reviews from critics and became number two in the UK, establishing him as the first British artist to release 100 singles.

Camera’s entered the House of Commons for the first time…

An overriding vote by MP’s in Westminster meant that broadcast cameras were allowed into the House of Commons, and the rest, of course, is history.

Smiling Mummy unearthed

The mummy of an aristocratic young woman was unearthed in a pit at the foot of the Great Pyramid of Cheops. Officials found the Mummy with her smile frozen in a plaster death mask, adorned with a bronze crown covered with gold leaf and jewellery around the neck.

Batman graced the big screens

The film, starring Michael Keaton became the first to earn $100 million in its first 10 days of release which helped the modern-day superhero film genre become a part of our universe.

Blast off!

NASA’s highly anticipated Galileo blasted off into outer space. The spacecraft was sent to study the planet Jupiter and its moons, as well as other solar system bodies.

Same-sex unions became legal in Denmark

Denmark became the first country in the world to legally recognise same-sex unions after a bill was passed to legalise “registered partnerships” in a 71–47 majority vote.

Stars were born

English actor Daniel Radcliffe was born in Fulham, London, to a literary agent and casting agent. He was cast as Harry Potter at the age of 11 and has since gone onto perform in multiple films and theatre productions.

American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift (aka Swifty) was born in Pennsylvania, USA and began her successful career at the tender age of 14.

Madonna released Like a Prayer

“Sometimes I’m wracked with guilt when I needn’t be, and that, to me, is leftover from my Catholic upbringing. Because in Catholicism you are born a sinner and you are a sinner all of your life. No matter how you try to get away from it, the sin is within you all the time.”

The Dalai Lama won the Nobel Peace prize

The 14th Dalai Lama was honoured in recognition of his ‘non-violent’ campaign over nearly 40 years to end China’s domination of his homeland Tibet.

Nintendo’s Game Boy made its grand entrance

Released in Japan in April, it hit the shops worldwide in August, becoming the most important hand-held gadget of the decade.


Just in time for Christmas, The Simpsons made their debut with an episode entitled “Simpsons Roasting On An Open Fire” was aired on December 17.