Monoid is a “customizable, minimal + legible font optimized for coding. It’s customisable with ligatures, alternates and class based positioning.” More than that, it is an Open Source monospace font (similar to Source Code Pro) and seems, at least at smaller sizes, to have a plesant tech-focused character.
Following on from my previous post, here are a bunch of free typeface resources to explore. A word of caution, some of the typefaces found in the wild are immature at best. Watch out for anything that looks a little too trendy.
Free (or almost free) Font Foundries
- The League of Movable Type (pretty prolific collection of text and display fonts.)
- Lost Type (a pay what you want font foundry – some great fonts for as little as free.)
Free Font Sites
- Font Squirrel (has an absolutely essential @font-face generator to move type onto websites.)
- Open Font Library
- Free Typography
- Free Font Manifesto
- Google Web Fonts (has more fonts than you could ever use, although the quality of some is questionable.)
Lists of Free Fonts
- The 40 best free fonts for designers
- The top 10 open source web fonts
- 25 New Free High-Quality Fonts
- The Best Free Fonts for Designers
- New High-Quality Free Fonts
Recommended Fonts to Try Out
When non-designers ask me what my favorite fonts are for their home newsletters, or announcement cards, or stationery, I usually point them in free alternative that don’t look horrible. There are a bunch of really wonderful open source or free fonts that publishers have made available on the web. Wonderful fonts like Open Sans, Junction, or League Gothic. These are not bizarro creations by amateurs, these are strong typefaces in their own right.
Adobe’s first forray in open source fonts Source Sans Pro, however, has become my defacto recommendation. It has a lot of weights, it is very easy to use, holds up even at large sizes, and looks incredible on-screen and printed. This is a totally free $350 font and is definitely comparable to fonts like Scala Sans, Din, and the like.
If you don’t have this in your arsenal, even for seasoned designers, you are missing out. It allows for any organization to have a quality san-serif typeface at their beck and call. It is even available for all websites on Google’s web fonts.
Actor is a new san-serif font from designer Thomas Junold. Designed (apparently as the website is in German) as a thesis project at the Aachen University of Applied Sciences at Karl-Friedrich (Kai) Oetzbach. The font is wonderful and looking forward to the entire font family being released. At the moment only the normal weight is available through Google web fonts.