This month marks the one year anniversary of The Verge. In online publishing, you tend to spend most of your time moving forward, and we’re no different. For the entire month of November, however, we’ll be taking a look at some of our favorite work from the past year, to celebrate, just a bit. One of the areas we’re most proud of is in our long form features. We knew from the earliest planning days of The Verge that we wanted to invest the time, money, blood, sweat, and love that is required to publish longform content on the web. We’ve stretched ourselves to think differently about the kind of articles which can and should appear here, and we’ve worked hard to make sure that the photography, text, graphics, layout, and (of course) our videos all work together to bring you an experience that is truly unique on the web.
These are some of our favorite feature stories from the first three months that The Verge was alive. Enjoy.
A new breed of survivalist: wealthy, educated, and buying up real estate in high tech, underground bunkers all over the US.
The long and complicated history of the jetpack as imagined by the artists, writers, and imaginers of the future, in the past.
Virginia Tech’s Professor Dennis Hong focuses his robotics team’s energies on a lofty goal: soccer.
The story of how Joshua Topolsky’s current phone became the next thing he wanted to own.
Paul Miller investigates a new kind of spectator sport: watching pros play the video game Starcraft.
Tony Fadell, one of the creators of the iPod, on his new mission to give the thermostat a 21st century makeover.
A timeline of Google’s mobile operating system from 2008 to the present
Paul Miller waxes philosophical on the state of the modern computer user interface.
A visual timeline of Apple’s mobile OS from its birth in 2007 to now.
Kickstarter brought about a revolution in crowdsourcing startups for everything from cellphones to techno records, but how did that revolution begin?
Paul Miller explores the modern ecosystem issues which face users today, and what those issues mean for companies and consumers moving forward.
Long road, indeed. Research in Motion’s transition to a new operating system has been fraught with drama, difficulties, and a long, long timeline.
The author of Neuromancer and the new collection, Distrust That Particular Flavor has a conversation with Jesse Hicks.
A former Apple executive and longtime CEO of Palm leaves the industry for some well-deserved time off, and speaks with Joshua Topolsky about what he’s accomplished, as well as what lies ahead.
Joe Flatley asks the most important question of CES 2012.