Reno Mono is the featured free font of this edition, we take a look at Typetura—a new tool for fluid web typography and pure CSS lettering experiments.

how is it going? My January was unusually unproductive 😢I wanted to do a couple of things for Better Web Type but one of them took so much longer than expected. I’ll share more about that very soon as it’s still not 100% ready.

News

  1. I added yet another cheat sheet to the Better Web Type book—the Typeface Anatomy Cheat sheet. This is the 6th one! 🎉
  2. This is somewhat unrelated but if you work in an open-plan office, you might want to read my latest blog post: Open-plan offices are the sweatshops of the West. In short: open-plan offices suck and research proves it.

Featured

Typetura

I see Typetura as the next step that takes us closer to making fluid typography work. I wrote about fluid typography in my book and how it’s tricky to get it right. Typetura tries to make it simpler. Check out the GitHub repo and even the tool for designers that comes with it. This means better control over the layouts of our website. Can’t wait to see more of this!

Font of the month

Reno Mono

Reno Mono is a monospace font that also looks good when printed. I think I’ll try this as my code editor font 🤔

Cool Articles

Pure CSS lettering, a bad and fun idea

Kenneth Ormandy explores CSS-made fonts and tries to design his own.

Microsoft’s fonts catch out another fraudster—this time in Canada

Imagine you’re forging documents to avoid paying millions you owe but they catch you because you used a font that didn’t exist at the time of the date of the forged document? This is such a funny story 😂

Designing a font based on old handwriting

A while ago I wanted to create a font based on my handwriting but never did it. This is such a cool case study of doing exactly that.

Did you know?

Serifs are either abrupt (right)—meaning they break from the stem suddenly at an angle—or they are adnate (left), meaning they flow smoothly into the stem. Adnate serifs are also commonly described as bracketed.

Photo of the month

I loved this book, it’s very nicely illustrated. A bit short for such high price though 🤔 @matejlatin.

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That’s it for this month, see you in March! 👋

Cheers,
Matej

About the Author

Matej is a Senior Product Designer at GitLab and the author of the Better Web Type project. Originally from Slovenia but his passion for simple and usable design took him on a journey through Germany, Luxembourg, London and all the way to Edinburgh in Scotland. He thrives in the grey area between design and development.

@matejlatin | matejlatin.co.uk

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