You may wonder what the use is of a typer with extruded keys, but the Keyboard Frequency Sculpture is a diagram of usage, rather than a functional object itself.
Creator Mike Knuepfel is interested in 3D infographics, and in this clever project, he wished to demonstrate the utilization of different letters on his computer keyboard. Using a graph he acquired from Wikipedia, the designer set out to model a set of towers with varying heights, corresponding to the incidence of usage of each alphabetic key.
The result is an interesting study on the English language as well, in mapping out the popularity of specific characters. Despite the inclusion of data from keyboard shortcuts and online lingo, the Keyboard Frequency Sculpture is a great representation of contemporary vocabulary.