JetBrains Mono

New free and open source typeface for developers. I’m not sure it’s for me, but I do appreciate it. It has a much higher than usual x-height, and an emphasis on rectangular oval shapes for round characters. One idea I haven’t seen before: it comes with ligatures for punctuation combinations frequent in code; for example, the ligature for -> (hyphen + greater-than) looks like a two-character-wide . Certainly worth a download if, like me, you’re a hoarder of monospaced fonts.

Via Gus Mueller, who correctly notes that the website JetBrains created for the font is perhaps more interesting than the font itself. Absolutely worth checking out even if you have no interest in the font itself.

Thursday, 23 January 2020