I just binged the first seven episodes of sci-fi thriller Severance, and I’m totally hooked. In it, the chillingly spare-yet-stylish mid-century set and prop designs help set the stage for the workers’ hellishly repetitive office lives in the Macrodata-Refinement department. Front and center are the “Lumon Industries” terminals, which are based on Data General Dasher D2 or D3 terminals circa 1979.
Production designer Jeremy Hindle and set decorator Andrew Baseman worked to capture the feel of a period computer terminal without using anything that would be instantly recognizable to most viewers. The keyboards are very similar to the Data General Dasher, but have been built with a trackball that never existed in the original. It would be an understatement to say that I desire such a keyboard very, very much.
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I worked at Data General in the era where the Dasher terminals (and Nova minis) were being thrown out. I didn’t save any from the landfill, and I regret it. Those Dashers had a cool vibe to them, and the keyboards were built to last forever.
I have a set of Dasher keycaps on a mechanical keyboard I built. I love the look and feel of those colors.