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October 27, 2014 AT 2:00 am

Comic Sans Typewriter Makes a Case for a Widely Despised Typeface

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It’s all the rage to spit-on Comic Sans and it has been for a while. This new project by artist Jesse England encourages us to shed our snobbery and explore the reasons behind our collective pretension.

via designboom:

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.’

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