Random starburst embroidery? No, that's a map of ARPANET, the early predecessor of the internet as we know it, from 1983. The late-in-life network was immortalized in yarn by the artist and designer Debbie Millman.


The map is based on a more exacting atlas of ARPANET, which had declined in the late 1980s. ARPANET may be nothing more than an artifact to us modern internet-goers, but there's something lovely about a hand-embroidered memorial to a defunct remnant of the earliest networks. [Explore]