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This year, we celebrate Electronic Design's 60th Anniversary with a special look at our most popular department, Ideas for Design. In the exclusive downloadable PDF above, we reprint classic submissions from 1956, 1962, 1972, 1982, 1993, and 2002 just as they originally appeared in our magazine. Analog/Power Editor Don Tuite offers some commentary on each of these gems, explaining how they were unique to their time—or perhaps something that would still work today.

Electronic Design’s popular Ideas for Design department features solutions for common design problems submitted by engineers just like you. These handy articles often encapsulate advice passed down from one designer to another around the workbench. In this column, Dave Van Ess recalls some of the tricks he has learned from his colleagues over the years.

IFDs: Like A Colleague Suggesting “Try This!

Want to try your luck and submit your own IFD to us? You can find details about how to do just that here. We pay $150 for each IFD that ends up being published.

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"Technique for Simulating Strain-Gage-Transducer Signal" by Sigmund Meieran (engineer with Boeing at the time) is a classic in Electronic Design's Ideas for Design archive.

Read Editor in Chief Joe Desposito's column on what the world may be like when it's time to celebrate our next big birthday:
In Our Sixtieth Year, We Celebrate The Past And Future

Heathkit has a special place in the hearts of our readers. We know many of you grew up building Heathkit products, and that it inspired you to pursue the engineering profession. Enjoy a compilation of some of the most popular columns and blogs we have published on this topic through the years:
The Rise And Fall Of Heathkit—And Rise Of SparkFun