Robert Tinney

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Robert Frank Tinney (born November 22, 1947) is an American contemporary illustrator[1] known for his monthly cover illustrations for the microcomputer publication Byte magazine[2][3] 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[edit]

Robert Frank Tinney was born on November 22, 1947, in Penn Yan, New York. He later moved with his family to Baton Rouge, Louisiana.[4] 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.


  1. ^ "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 ... 
  2. ^ Ranade, Jay; Nash, Alan (1994). The best of BYTE. McGraw-Hill. p. 42. ISBN 978-0-07-051344-0. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Petersen, Julie K. (2003). Fiber optics illustrated dictionary. CRC Press. p. 145. ISBN 978-0-8493-1349-3. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "When you think Byte, you think Tinney". The Advocate (Louisiana). 2 August 1987. Retrieved 19 March 2011.