font follows function
As software developers, we always strive for better tools but rarely consider font as such. Yet we spend most of our days looking at screens reading and writing code. Using a wrong font can negatively impact our productivity and lead to bugs. MonoLisa was designed by professionals to improve developers’ productivity and reduce fatigue.
Designing a monospace font is much harder than a traditional, proportional one: being constrained by the same width of all glyphs can result in a boring or unreadable font.
MonoLisa features a few unique techniques that increase the legibility and make it visually pleasant to look at for longer periods of time.
Increased character width helped us designing a typeface with more natural, open forms. The shapes are more relaxed creating less eye strain over long periods of time.
Distinction is critical for a good coding font since it reduces ambiguity and helps avoid mistakes that can lead to software bugs.
MonoLisa has a set of glyphs that fit together but at the same time are distinct enough so you can tell them apart.
Monospaced fonts tend to have unevenly distributed dark and light space when compared to regular typefaces. MonoLisa carefully compensates the issue by using unique letter shapes to maintain the balance.
MonoLisa uses open forms and terminals (starting and ending points) that are pointing towards the neighboring letters to let the eye follow the line of text fluently.
The italics of MonoLisa are not simply slanted versions of the upright font. Some clearly differently constructed glyphs make the difference.
If simple italics are not enough, there is a script version available.
MonoLisa comes with over 120 specially designed coding ligatures. A ligature is a special symbol that combines two or more characters together so it looks like one token. Ligatures help reduce visual noise and balance white space by aligning special symbols appropriately.
MonoLisa was designed with developers in mind. It’s one of the few fonts that comes packed with symbols to use in CLIs including PowerLine.
MonoLisa includes many OpenType features to enable great customization for the most demanding aesthetes.
script variant Plus
alt g 1 Plus
alt g 2 Plus
alt sharp s Plus
alt at Plus
old style numbers
MonoLisa supports over 200 languages and different alphabets including latin, cyrillic, greek, and vietnamese.
MonoLisa is designed by Marcus Sterz, a professional typeface designer and co-founder of FaceType foundry, in collaboration with software developers Andrey Okonetchnikov and Juho Vepsäläinen who contributed their vast expertise in programming.
The result of this collaboration is an award-winning coding font created by professionals for professionals.