Through the sense of touch, keyboards connect us, transmitting our thoughts instantly across continents and enabling some of the greatest acts of human creation. They hail from the dawn of personal computing in the second half of the 20th century, a time of dizzying optimism—when it was still possible to imagine that a global digital network linking all of humanity would inevitably lead to a better tomorrow.
Norbauer designs are retro-futurist meditations on alternate history, for those of us who still long for that fading reverie. They come from a happy parallel 21st century, where computing equipment didn’t yield to cheap manufacturing methods and where our hopes for the promise of the personal computer endure. Join me on a wistful voyage of rediscovery: to a forgotten future, and the ultimate in computing luxury.