The Art of Typewriting

The Art of Typewriting

  1. Marvin Sackner
  2. Ruth Sackner
  • ISBN 9780500241493
  • 31.50 x 25.00 cm
  • PLC (no jacket)
  • 352pp
  • With over 570 illustrations in colour and black and white
  • First published 2015
‘An authoritative and ambitious overview of the artists and writers who have used the typewriter as a tool and a medium’ – Hot Brands Cool Places
‘A beautiful compendium’– Elle Decoration

Each copy of the book is designed with its own unique cover

The Art of Typewriting

‘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.

Marvin and Ruth 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.