Robert Frank Tinney (born November 22, 1947) is an American contemporary illustrator known for his monthly cover illustrations for the microcomputer publication Byte magazine spanning over a decade. In so doing, Tinney became one of the first artists to create a broad yet consistent artistic concept for the computing world, combining a specific artistic style with visual metaphor to showcase emerging trends in personal computing technology.
Early life and work
Robert Frank Tinney was born on November 22, 1947, in Penn Yan, New York. He later moved with his family to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. There he attended Istrouma High School where his talent for art, and specifically illustration, became distinctly apparent. He later attended Louisiana Polytechnic Institute, now known as Louisiana Tech University.
- "First take first take first.". Artforum International. 1 January 2002. Retrieved 19 March 2011. "When illustrator Robert Tinney was asked to draw a cover for a 1981 issue of Byte magazine dedicated to Smalltalk, he used the image of a colorful balloon ..."
- Ranade, Jay; Nash, Alan (1994). The best of BYTE. McGraw-Hill. p. 42. ISBN 978-0-07-051344-0. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
- Petersen, Julie K. (2003). Fiber optics illustrated dictionary. CRC Press. p. 145. ISBN 978-0-8493-1349-3. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
- "When you think Byte, you think Tinney". The Advocate (Louisiana). 2 August 1987. Retrieved 19 March 2011.
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