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I don’t know why it is that almost all of my “Fun for Nerds” posts this semester have included typewriters in some fashion. Perhaps it’s because I think of the typewriter as a very nerdy device, something for a long-forgotten age of writing that is only sought out by the nerdiest of writers, those who wish those pesky iPads would go away. Or perhaps it’s just because I follow a lot of nerdy blogs and the people at those blogs are also fascinated with typewriters. In any case, here’s the thing about typewriters — I really like them, but I would not want to write on them. I think they’re archaically beautiful and make a fantastic clickity-clack sound when you type, but as I’ve said here before, I need my backspace key. It seems like a waste to keep a typewriter just lying around doing nothing, but I found two posts this morning that used typewriters as art.
Both posts come from BoingBoing — your source for all things nerdy in the arena of art, culture, and video games — but both posts also sent me elsewhere. The first post was about Keira Rathbone, an artist who uses typewriters as her medium. According to her website, Keira creates the art by “typing out letters, numbers and symbols in place of brush strokes and pixels results in beautiful enigmatic images.” I was intrigued to say the least. Rathbone’s art is entrancing and I spent most of my time on her site simply marveling at the fact that a typewriter created those pictures.
Secondly, BoingBoing sent me to the dieline, a package design website of all places, for truly awesome typewriter tins. This very photogenic post contains a variety of vintage typewriter cartridge tins to feast your eyes on. I love these, they all have gorgeous typography on their metal cases. All of the tins are from different countries and they all have very unique designs. Surprisingly, the tins seem to be fairly affordable. Check them out!
— Jet Fuel Editor, Mary Egan