In any creative pursuit, those “Ah ha” moments happen when we discover a new way of seeing things. For Chris Dimino, an epiphany occurred upon the realization that typewriter keys have a similar structure to a waffle iron.
In his words, “I didn’t have the actual machine in front of me, so I just kept drawing typewriters over and over – breaking them down into their essential parts. Many hours and days later, in a quick sketch of a keyboard, I loosely made crisscrossing lines that kind of resembled a waffle, and that’s when it hit me.”
Dimino’s “Corona-matic” was a design solution rendered as a way to reuse the existing material of a typewriter. But perhaps more importantly, this invention references the geek-chic trend in today’s popular culture. Who wouldn’t want keyboard waffles on Sunday morning!?