Spirotype is a curly typable text field. In the tangible world, it is accepted that not every surface we write on will be a flat one. Although writing on a flat paper on hard flat surfaces can be easy, practical, and proper, people also write on beach balls, tatoo on soft flesh, draw on mother's nice sofa, and write love notes on rubber duckies. These are the joyous exceptions which free us from a standard that may not fit all human conditions. The digital world seldom allows a person to write in any way computationally interpretable other than using text fields and word processors (Exceptions like words scribbled into drawing programs are percieved by the computer to be simply pictures, and not text). How can we continue creating not-so-official texts on such officially intended tools? I would feel uncomfortable writing a small, fun, casual message to someone on government note paper. Not-so-official texts deserve their own media, as they also do in "real" life.

Spirotype was a brief experiment to explore one possibility of different shaped virtual typing surfaces - those that cannot exist tangibly. As you type, the text curls up. Instead of reaching a maximum tightness, the text continues curling through its own form, unraveling out in the opposite direction. The form also rotates in space to make it easier to sense its 3D shape from a flat screen.

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