ibm typewriter

This country legend’s letter to the president spawned a new typeface.

Swiss type foundry Milieu Grotesque has just released an update for Chapeau – their tribute to a 1974 letter written on an IBM typewriter. The design for Chapeau mimics the letter’s typeface, Doric, which “was one of the rare proportionally aligned typewriter faces supplied by IBM in the later 1960s”. It’s a beautiful classic made modern.

See which legend inspired a new typeface →

Back to the cognitive future….

We say goodbye to our Silicon City series knowing that just because tech is booming now in the West, doesn’t mean it left the East. Business is New York City’s bread and butter, and companies of all kinds–in fashion, finance, hospitality–must rely on the alatest tech advances to stay ahead of the gang. Like the subways that go unseen, tech lies beneath the surface of success.     

The IBM Selectric III Typewriterdeconstructed:

Keys, interchangeable type element, ribbon system, tab control, left margin stop, typing element, platen variable, half-backspace lever, pitch selection lever, paper ball lever, paper edge guide, page-end indicator, paper centering guide, cardholder, paper centering scale, line space lever, paper release lever, line finder, impression control, plug, bell. Ding!

Selectrically speaking…

53 years ago this week, electronic “golf-balls” began bouncing their way across the letterheads of corporate America. The IBM Selectric typewriter revolutionized mid-century office memos as typists could now use different fonts and clock up to 90 words a minute–40 more than anything else before it. Good thing white correction fluid was already invented.