Would You Type Like Tom Hanks?

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Tom Hanks is bringing typewriters to the 21st century. Inspired by his love of typewriters, the actor developed an app called Hanx Writer, where modern technology meets classic typewriter sounds.

You might think app users would detest the feature that doesn’t allow for deleting lines at a time as it makes writing and editing a slower process. However, consumers seem charmed by the app’s nostalgia as Hanx Writer was recently named the top downloaded iTunes app.

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I’m constantly fascinated by retro revivals with a modern twist. Instagram filters that make high-quality photos look old. Redesigned Polaroid cameras that remind us how satisfying it can be to wait for a printed photo to come into focus. A typewriter app that embodies all of the technology’s features except for its physical form. The pull between new and old creates an entirely new experience in itself. Whether that experience is better or worse than is up to the user.

Do you think the writing process benefits from slower technology?

-R

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