By Cory Doctorow at 6:34 am Tue, Feb 15, 2011
Datamancer's latest bespoke keyboard is a departure from his customary (and beautiful) steampunk motif: this one revisits his work on cool, streamlined Art Deco models.
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Damn, That’s nice!!!!!
looks interesting to hammer away on.
I can’t get enough of datamancer’s stuff. I love everything he creates.
Functional Steampunk – yay!
Note the lack of frivolous gears.
Anyone who digs this and is in Denver should check out the 2nd floor (or was it third?) design exhibit in the Hamilton building of the Denver Art Museum. They have a chronology of typewriters, some of which reminded me of the aesthetic here. Featherweights, as it were.
Glad you liked the Olivetti: Innovation & Identity exhibition. It’s on the second level of the North Building; the galleries lead to the bridge to the Hamilton Building but aren’t in that building.
Oh man, WANT! Steampunk stuff is cool, but Art Deco is much more up my alley.
Does it work underwater?
That’s really only an issue if your undersea utopia collapses.
But is it buckling spring?
Can we have Decopunk now as the new ‘cool’ instead of steampunk?
I know it could never please my the way my IBM Model M does but good god, I want to pull off its windows keys and type love poems on that thing.
Thanks for the post, Cory!
To address some of the questions above..
The keyboard uses Alps mechanical switches that were specifically selected for their tactile and aural feedback. They have a bit of a “snap” feel to them and make a nice clicky sound, but not obnoxiously so, like an IBM Model M. To me, IBM Model M’s buckling-springs always felt like I was typing with a hammer. My Alps switches are just slightly louder than a standard keyboard, feel great, and fit the ‘typewriter’ theme nicely.
And yes, I realize that this design is begging for a “Bioshock” treatment and I’m considering making another one of these, or even a whole other design, that is heavily tarnished and worn.
i want one! since i type with one or two fingers it would be perfect!
There are only so many times I can watch Metropolis and Tail Spin, look at Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon comic strips, read “Wasn’t The Future Wonderful?” and dream of seeing the Chrysler Building. I’m ready for Decopunk right now!! It’s not like it would be hard, just sit down with all the 1930s Popular Mechanix magazines and imagine a world were everything in them came true.
Thanks for the keyboard pictures Datamancer, they’re beautiful.
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