How To Find Your Type

An unseeable future of communication

Orange typewriter on a blue background

While banking the other day, I wrote a note to myself in cursive.  The clerk behind the desk stared as if I had brought in a clay tablet and a reed.  I asked him, “Do you see cursive writing very often?” “No ma’am. It’s beautiful.”

We type.  We type on phones, computers, and tablets.  Today most of us use text, email, and/or apps to message each other while taking our keyboards for granted.  Where did the keyboard come from? It all began with the typewriter.

A typewriter from the mid-1800s

In the 1800s if you conversed in writing, you probably wrote in cursive, using a quill pen, ink bottle, wax, and a candle.  Now imagine for a moment that you are blind, have low vision, or have a condition that impacts your fine motor functioning. Navigating these tools in order to correspond would be difficult, potentially messy, and quite possibly dangerous.  

Two inventors are credited with the origination of the typewriter: 1802 by Agostino Fantoni or 1801-1806 by Pellegrino Turri.  Both inventors were inspired to help people who were blind, to more easily correspond.

Excellent design often transcends its original purpose, in ways the original inventors could have never imagined.

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