17 November 2014

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I love this tactile little relic. But who would have thought that a 1950s Remington typewriter would find a new home at the interface of digital communication?

For all their historic beauty, old-fashioned typewriters can be a manual bane, representing a time when a typo could only be disguised by typing over and over the error — there was no “Edit, Undo”. However, the Development Lab at FACT has given this triumphant testimony to typography a new lease of life by using modern technology to create the first ever tweeting typewriter.

How does it work? The Remington operates in exactly the same way as it always has done to begin with, with its inky black ribbon and prepped sheet of A4 white paper. You type away as you would do on such a machine. However, when you slide the carriage back at the end of the line, the text becomes a tweet and can be viewed by all at @tweeting_tw. More than just a novelty, this device physically brings together the old and the new, linking this digital generation with post-war methods of producing text.

The tweeting typewriter will appeal to technophobes and techies alike, and is an innovative way of seeing a beautifully crafted piece of machinery back in action.

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Find out more about the Development Lab and Type Motion on the exhibition project page