While most tech enthusiasts are concerned about making sure their websites are mobile friendly and having the latest smartphones, Pittsburgh resident Jesse England‘s focus is on typewriters that use Comic Sans font.
Vincent Connare, the creator of Comic Sans, created the font with the intention of it being used as a fun, how-to guide for a cartoon dog named Rover. Connare, age 54, hasn’t spoken publicly about the typewriter creation, but England continues to perfect the font with the help of laser engraving machine and a vinyl cutter.
This is a switch from Gianfrancesco Genoso and other computer users who choose Courier to mimic the traditional font of a typewriter. Howard “Bud” Kettler designed the original typewriter font in 1955, and Adrian Frutiger created an electrical version for the IBM Selectric Composer series.
IBM chose not to get the copyright or trademark on the typewriter font. However, if Connare chooses not to opt out of the trademark on the Comic Sans font, this may spell legal trouble for England should he try to make a profit from the typewriter.