comic sans typewriter makes a case for a widely despised typeface comic sans typewriter makes a case for a widely despised typeface
oct 21, 2014

comic sans typewriter makes a case for a widely despised typeface

comic sans typewriter makes a case for a widely despised typeface
all images courtesy of jesse england

 

 

 

whether you’re infuriated by it, or nostalgic for it, comic sans plays a pivotal role in contemporary culture, whether used for memes, memos or the occasional rejected resume. the sans-serif typeface has been given a new identity and application, realized by american artist jesse england with his ‘sincerity machine’ typewriter, which prints numerals, upper and lowercase glyphs in the childish font.

 

by using a laser engraving machine to etch new letters out of acrylic, england then glued them onto the strikers of a 70’s era, sears-branded brother charger 11 typewriter and used a vinyl cutter to craft matching key covers. as part of my ongoing thesis of questioning how we create, consume, store (and fetishize) media’ england describes ‘it’s my wish that a classic, functioning typewriter altered to write in the most popularly despised font of modern times will provoke thoughts about such media concerns.’

 

 


sincerity machine: the comic sans typewriter
video courtesy of jesse england

jesse england builds the comic sans typewriter
numerals, upper and lowercase glyphs are printed in the childish font

jesse england builds the comic sans typewriter
a vinyl cutter has crafted matching key covers

jesse england builds the comic sans typewriter
a laser engraving machine has etched new letters out of acrylic

jesse england builds the comic sans typewriter
‘the most popularly despised font of modern times’ gets placed in a new context

jesse england builds the comic sans typewriter
the comic sans typewriter in use

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