THE BEST Typewriters

Typewriter Drum Machine

Typewriter Drum Machine

William Sun Petrus took an old 1920s Remington Portable typewriter and modded it into an electronic drum machine. Basically, it works as a MIDI controller, so it can play whatever sounds he loads into Ableton. He had to remix the live audio so you could hear it over the mechanical clacking sounds though.

Blinding Lights on Typewriter

Blinding Lights on Typewriter

William Sun Petrus previously showed off a vintage manual typewriter that he converted into a drum machine. Since it’s really just working as a MIDI controller, the keyboard can be used to play any digital instrument, in this case, the fat synths from The Weeknd’s hit Blinding Lights. That’s a Novation Launchpad S to the right.

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Making Typewriter Art

Making Typewriter Art

British artist James Cook specializes in what is basically a primitive version of ASCII art. Rather than digitizing an image and using a computer to print images, he types them out one key at a time using vintage manual typewriters.

Typewriter Orchestra at Home

Typewriter Orchestra at Home

Typewriters have gone the way of the dinosaur, rarely used by anyone but the most hipster of writers these days. But the Boston Typewriter Orchestra continues to get use out of these mechanical office relics, even when forced to work from home due to their in-person concerts being canceled.

LEGO Ideas Typewriter

LEGO Ideas Typewriter

Steve Guinness‘ concept for a typewriter made entirely from LEGO not only looks awesome, but it’s now achieved the 10,000 votes required to consider it for production. The design features a working mechanism, driven by a hand crank. Here’s hoping LEGO decides to make it.

Rocksete Retro Keyboard

Rocksete Retro Keyboard

Another retro keyboard from the makers of the Rymek has a design inspired by classic typewriters, with an art deco body, glossy finishes, and round keycaps. It also packs in a pair of JBL speakers, and has a built-in stand for holding a tablet. It’s still in the pre-pre-order stage, so we’re not sure when it will be available to purchase.

Making a Cardboard Typewriter

Making a Cardboard Typewriter

While SKM’s cardboard typewriter doesn’t actually work, it’s still an impressive build, with lots of neat details, a cantilevered keyboard, a turning roller, and a hidden compartment that lets it output a pre-typed page for fun.

G-AAAH

G-AAAH

Animator Lizzy Hobbs’ stop-motion short film pays tribute to the late Amy Johnson, a woman whose day job was working as a typist for a law firm, but whose real claim to fame was a record-breaking 9,500 mile solo flight from England to Australia in 1930.

Freewrite Digital Typewriter

Freewrite Digital Typewriter

Formerly known as Hemingwrite, this minimal device for writers offers a Cherry MX mechanical keyboard, a basic word processor, and displays your words on its front-lit E-ink display. It stores a million pages, or Wi-Fi syncs docs to email or the cloud. Ships 9/16.

Keyboard Waffle Iron

Keyboard Waffle Iron

The hipster’s favorite kitchen appliance. Chris Dimino turned a 60s Coronamatic typewriter into a waffle iron with a keyboard pattern. Chris made it back in 2001, but he said he’s going to sell a few functional units soon.

QWERTY Wallet

QWERTY Wallet

ThinkGeek’s fun QWERTY wallet is made of leather, has keyboard embossings on the outside, tons of pokets to hold all your cheese and a red interior lining reminiscent of typewriter ribbon.

Typewriter Art

Typewriter Art

Artist Keira Rathbone uses vintage typewriters as a medium to create her work. Typing out letters, numbers and symbols in place of brush strokes and pixels results in these fascinating images.

Corona-Matic Waffle Maker

Corona-Matic Waffle Maker

Ok, it isn’t new, and at best it’s still a prototype, but still we must give a tip of the hat to Chris Dimino and the way he repurposed a Corona typewriter into a jumbo waffle maker. Because it rules.

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Key Hero

Key Hero

While not as awesome as The Typing of the Dead, Key Hero does a good job of making typing tests fun. It uses interesting quotes, gives concrete feedback of mistakes and even has rankings.

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