The typography and semiotics of Alien are fascinating, and now you can have them on your keyboard. The G20 Semiotic Keycap Set from Signature Plastics embodies almost all of Rob Cobb's design work for the movie, right down to the references to Hindu mysticism from the briefly-glimpsed self-destruction console keyboard.
There's a sleek, minimalist beauty to Alien's design language that's both nostalgic and timeless. But it's also an in-joke about the futuristic design of unreliable British electrical appliances.
Nowadays, chances are you associate Cherry with the clickety switches on fancy keyboards. But it’s been a global company for decades: if it’s boring business-to-business hardware and it clicks, it might well be a Cherry. With an assist from computing legend and junk mail collector Ted Nelson, the Internet Archive has collected a wide array […]
Sinclair’s ZX Spectrum is one of the UK’s classic computers, a cheap and cheerful gadget that went toe-to-toe with more powerful, expensive stablemates for a decade. What it wasn’t lauded for, though, was its terrible soft rubber keyboard… This was upgraded a couple of years in (perhaps after competitor Amstrad bought out Sinclair and applied […]
The Zlant keyboard — a compromise between tiny “ortholinear” grid keyboards and a traditional staggered layout — will be available soon. Plancks are one of my favorite keyboards. However, I’ve found it to be a little bit of a struggle to get some of my friends into the form factor, especially people who aren’t as […]
The bummers of adulthood are too many to count, but one of our least favorites is the inability to sit down and enjoy a nice bowl of cereal. When you’ve got a long commute ahead, let’s face it: That extra time it takes to pour the milk and chow down is too precious to spare. […]
Who are these people that have time for a job, social life, and actual healthy meals? With a nutrition segment on seemingly every talk show and entire networks devoted to food, it can sometimes seem like we’ve never left our mother’s house and her constant admonitions to “eat your vegetables!” And okay, she was right. […]
Every Christmas list has names you dread buying for. But hold up: Before you wave the white flag and get them yet another gift card, scroll down a few. We’ve got 15 items that run the gamut from stylish old-school lighters to cutting-edge audio tech, enough variety to please any Scrooge. And the best part? […]