Death to Typewriters

Marcin Wichary, a designer at Medium:

You see, I blame typewriters for double-handedly setting typography back by centuries. Type before typewriters was a beautiful world filled with hard-earned nuance and richness, a universe of tradition and craftsmanship where letters and their arrangement could tell as many stories as the words and passages they portrayed.

We tend to romanticize typewriters around these parts, but they were in many ways the ultimate compromise. I personally think the benefits of bringing typography to the masses outweighed the stylistic sacrifices. This is even more the case with word processing and the awful dot matrix printing that accompanied it early on.

Nonetheless, this is an enlightening look at what we lost and how Medium is trying to bring it back for the online publishing era.

Doug Lane @douglane