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Trendy Keyboards Bring Back the Nostalgic Feel of Typewriters

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Whether it's hitting a tennis ball square in the middle of a racket or pulling the protective sticker off a new cell phone, there are some satisfying tactile experiences that just can't be replicated. Take the joy of tapping away on an actual typewriter, for example. That small pleasure might technically be a thing of the past, but the Lofree Keyboard aims to retain some of its nostalgia-inducing feelings and sounds.

The new keyboards have a minimal, futuristic design, while retaining a lot of the satisfying features of the past. Like old typewriters, the keys give a small amount of resistance and make the signature mechanical switch sounds. They're packaged in bold colors and each key is backlit, just like standard Apple keyboards. The attractive devices are able to connect wirelessly with Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS systems, or with a USB cable.

The Lofree keyboard will be available via presale on March 7. Early birds can get one for $59, and they'll retail later for $99. You can sign up for Lofree's email newsletter on their website to get more updates on the photogenic piece of technology.

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This Font Changes Shape As You Type
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Writing with the Futuracha Pro font isn’t just about creating a finished product. Each letter reacts to what you type by lengthening and curling around its neighboring characters, making the act of writing itself an interactive experience.

According to The Huffington Post, Futuracha Pro is the brainchild of graphic designer Odysseas Galinos Paparounis of the Greek branding agency høly. As a design student, he was inspired for the idea of a changing typeface while observing the movements of Caribbean cockroaches for an illustration class. The insects' sweeping antennae and prickly feet inspired him to superimpose these elements onto his favorite font: Futura.

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The name Futuracha, which combines the words Futura and cucaracha ("cockroach" in Spanish), is a nod to the project’s quirky origins. After sharing his concept with fellow graphic designers, Paparounis sought to make a version of the font that’s accessible to everyone on an open source basis. He launched an effort to crowdfund Futuracha Pro on Indiegogo earlier this year and closed the campaign after raising $86,431. You can download the font for your computer from the høly website with prices starting around $29.

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Watch an Artist Build a Secret Studio Beneath an Overpass
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Artists can be very particular about the spaces where they choose to do their work. Furniture designer Fernando Abellanas’s desk may not boast the quietest or most convenient location on Earth, but it definitely wins points for seclusion. According to Co.Design, the artist covertly constructed his studio beneath a bridge in Valencia, Spain.

To make his vision a reality, Abellanas had to build a metal and plywood apparatus and attach it to the top of an underpass. After climbing inside, he uses a crank to wheel the box to the top of the opposite wall. There, the contents of his studio, including his desk, chair, and wall art, are waiting for him.

The art nook was installed without permission from the city, so Abellanas admits that it’s only a matter of time before the authorities dismantle it or it's raided by someone else. While this space may not be permanent, he plans to build others like it around the city in secret. You can get a look at his construction process in the video below.

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