Intel One Mono, a new monospaced font family designed by Frere-Jones Type. I’m a sucker for monospaced typefaces. They’re my preferred font for writing code (obviously) and prose.

Intel One Mono is interesting for a few reasons. First, it’s Intel-branded, so that’s neat. Second, the target user is the “typographically underserved low-vision developer”, which basically means the character set remains quite legible even at small sizes—something you don’t have to be low-vision to appreciate. Finally, the team behind the project is none other than Frere-Jones Type design studio. If you’re a type nerd, you know FJT’s reputation.

My one sentence review of Intel One Mono: it accomplishes what it sets out to do, manages to strike a good balance of quirky and legible (though it doesn’t always stick the landing), and currently serves as my default writing typeface.

If you’re looking for other great monospace fonts, definitely check out IBM Plex Mono (their whole sans-serif, serif, and monospace families are fantastic), Hoefler&Co’s Operator, and the truly wonderful (and likely what I’ll return to after the honeymoon period with Intel One wears off) JetBrains Mono.

Sunday, 25 June 2023

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