The typewriter is making a come back
Before computers and smartphones, the typewriter was the newest and coolest gadget around. In a time where we appreciate speed, and almost everyone carries a computer in their pocket, it's a surprise to find vintage typewriters making a comeback.
Many millennials are falling in love with typewriters in the same way they were charmed by vinyl records and turntables.
Efficiency and Creativity
The sound of notifications from the internet, emails and social media can disturb your attention, and break your flow. Typing with no-distractions is the primarily reason for younger people to start using the old school typewriter. Researcher and collector Anthony Casillo says:
‘People still use typewriters because they still work. They offer a distraction-free alternative to the modern day methods for producing a document. They challenge the user to be more efficient and see their errors on paper’.
A manual typewriter enables a dormant creative side of the writer to come alive. No over-editing, no burning yourself out with CHANGE DELETE. Just typing, creating for hours on end without being disturbed.
Many engaged couples are looking for classic and retro touches when planning for the big day - and that includes antique typewriters. Incorporating vintage elements like creating wedding invitations on typewriters, or loading the typewriter with paper and ask your guests to leave a note, poem or their best advice. The 1960s, 70s and 80s are all in now.
You can now combine the nostalgic and oddly satisfying feeling about typing on a typewriter, and smartphone tech. Say hello to typewriting apps. The most popular one is the app Hanx Writer created by Tom Hanks, who is known for his outspoken love for typewriters.
"I write without caring about typeovers, XXXX’d out words, goofy syntax, & bad spelling because the feel & sound of a typewriter is satisfying in ways that couldn’t be matched. — Until now!"
- Tom Hanks
What ever you choose to improve your writing skills and become a better writer, remember that writing is a deeply human art. Be creative and don't be afraid to challenge yourself by trying new or old ways to add sparkle to your writing.
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