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The Art of Typewriting

Marvin Sackner, Ruth Sackner

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An ambitious overview of the graphic art produced by artists, illustrators and writers who have used the typewriter as a tool and a medium

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Overview

‘I Am TOM. I Like to TYPE. Hear that?’ So wrote actor Tom Hanks recently, describing his love of the typewriter. The beloved typewriter – its utilitarian beauty, the pleasing percussive action of striking its keys, the singularity of the impressed page – is enjoying a renaissance across the creative industries. In this authoritative book, the authors apply their experience to mine the collection they have created over four decades to present over 550 examples produced by more than sixty of the world’s finest contributors to the genre.

From the early ornamental works produced by secretaries in the late nineteenth century to more recent works that consider the uniqueness of the typewritten document in the digital age, there is an astonishing – and delightful – range of creativity in every artwork. The book features three main sections: an introduction to the history of the typewriter and its art; an expansive plate section showing key works, rendered in exquisite detail; and a reference section featuring biographies of the most influential artists and writers.

Designed by top graphic design studio and typewriter aficionados Graphic Thought Facility, this is a once-in-a-generation publication, carefully curated through decades of first-hand experience to inspire a new wave of designers and artists for the future. Each cover displays a unique combination of two artworks. This was achieved through the creation of a custom algorithm that processes the data that is fed to the HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press.

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Specifications

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 31.5 x 25.0 cm

Extent: 352 pp

Publication date: 5 October 2015

ISBN: 9780500241493

Contents List

Preface by John Maeda • Foreword by Steven Heller • Texts • Artworks • Biographies

About the Author

Marvin Sackner first came across typewriter art in the 1970s, and began lovingly collecting works from across the globe. Today, the Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry is the world’s largest collection of its kind, housing tens of thousands of pieces from hundreds of artists and writers from around the world.

Ruth Sackner (1936 - 2015) established the Sackner Archive of Visual and Concrete Poetry with her husband Marvin Sackner, which is the world’s largest collection of its kind, housing tens of thousands of pieces from hundreds of artists and writers from around the world.