The Selectric font traces its origins back to an iconic piece of technology: the IBM Selectric typewriter. Launched in 1961, the IBM Selectric revolutionized typewriting and document creation with its innovative design and engineering. Unlike traditional typewriters, which used a "basket" of individual typebars to strike the ribbon and print each character, the Selectric introduced a groundbreaking "golf ball" typing element. This spherical element could rotate and pivot to any position to strike a letter, allowing for faster typing speeds and a significant reduction in jams.
The Selectric font itself embodies the essence of this transformative period in typewriting and office technology. It is characterized by its clean, crisp lines and highly readable form, making it a favorite for formal documents, correspondence, and office communication in the 60s and beyond. The font's design reflects the efficiency and precision of the Selectric typewriter, with a balance between classic typewriter aesthetics and the emerging preferences for more streamlined and modern typography.
What made the Selectric and its fonts truly remarkable were the interchangeable typing elements it offered. Users could easily swap out one "golf ball" for another, enabling a variety of fonts and styles long before personal computers and digital fonts made such changes effortless. This feature democratized access to different typefaces for businesses and individuals alike, allowing for greater expression and customization in typed documents.
Though the Selectric typewriter has now become a relic of the past, the legacy of its font lives on. It inspired generations of typographers and designers and laid the groundwork for the diverse world of digital typography we enjoy today. The Selectric font, with its timeless elegance and functionality, remains a symbol of the era when typewriting began to bridge towards the digital age, influencing the aesthetic of written communication in profound ways.
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Typeface © Paradox 2005. All Rights Reserved. Version 1.00. Selectric. Version 1.00 April 27, 2005.. This font was created using Font Creator 5.0 from
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