This Font Sunday Stanley Kubrick and his typewriter legacy took over the twitterverse
To mark the opening of Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition, the Design Museum's latest #fontsunday was dedicated to typewriter fonts.
From Colón Mono, Courier M to Olivetti and Letter Gothic the viral celebration of this very specific yet inspiring in the multiple ways it can be used type, filled the Twitter feed with letterforms made of typewriters.
A typewriter is a mechanical or electromechanical machine for writing characters similar to those produced by printer's movable type. Typically, a typewriter has an array of keys, and pressing one causes a different single character to be produced on the paper, by causing a ribbon with dried ink to be struck against the paper by a type element similar to the sorts used in movable type letterpress printing. Commonly, a separate type element (called a typebar) corresponds to each key, but the mechanism may also use a single type element (such as a typeball) with a different portion of it used for each possible character. At the end of the nineteenth century, the term typewriter was also applied to a person who used a typing machine.
Per Wikipedia the first commercial typewriters were introduced in 1874, but did not become common in offices until after the mid-1880s. The typewriter quickly became an indispensable tool for practically all writing other than personal handwritten correspondence. It was widely used by professional writers, in offices, and for business correspondence in private homes.
Typewriters were a standard fixture in most offices up to the 1980s. Thereafter, they began to be largely supplanted by the computer. Nevertheless, typewriters remain common in some parts of the world, are required for a few specific applications, and are popular in certain subcultures. In many Indian cities and towns, type writers are still used, especially in road side and legal offices due to a lack of continuous reliable electricity. The QWERTY keyboard continues to be the standard used in computers.
Notable typewriter manufacturers included E. Remington and Sons, IBM, Godrej, Imperial Typewriter Company, Oliver Typewriter Company, Olivetti, Royal Typewriter Company, Smith Corona, Underwood Typewriter Company, Adler Typewriter Company and Olympia Werke.
Stanley Kubrick was one of the many artists who used an Adler Tippa S typewriter for his scripts and of course, the typewriter is as ominous as ever in Kubrick's nightmarish The Shining.
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To mark the opening of #StanleyKubrick: The Exhibition, tomorrow's #fontsunday is dedicated to typewriter fonts. Send in your favourites from noon. #DiscoverKubrick— Design Museum (@DesignMuseum) April 27, 2019
"All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy" - #TheShining pic.twitter.com/Raqm6dhRub
To mark the opening of #StanleyKubrick: The Exhibition, today's #fontsunday is dedicated to typewriter fonts. From Colón Mono, Courier M to Olivetti and Letter Gothic, there are so many examples of this type! Send in your favourites from noon. #DiscoverKubrick pic.twitter.com/8Hp4pjYDFC— Design Museum (@DesignMuseum) April 28, 2019
A series of portraits created using nothing more than a manual typewriter and the art of imagination. @DesignMuseum #FontSunday #SundayMorning— Tiffani Bova (@Tiffani_Bova) April 28, 2019
— ’Textual Portraits’ by Leslie Nichols pic.twitter.com/sdTwZki4s2
.@designmuseum. For the opening of #StanleyKubrick: The Exhibition, we love the simple and attractive Letter Gothic. This typewriter #font was designed by Roger Roberson for IBM around the early 1960s. #FontSunday #DiscoverKubrick pic.twitter.com/imIdVM6M87— Stiff (@stiffinc) April 28, 2019