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Wow, so nice to be featured on DN. Best surprise when taking care of a cold and a sick child - seeing the phone light up with notifications of downloads.
Backstory: At my work we have days where we can spend time on side projects, passion projects or just try to learn something new. The only requirement is that we get inspired and/or have fun.
And the last year there have been a lot of focus of the ongoing war in Syria, the unrest in that region and people fleeing over land and water just to be safe.
So my work encouraged us that didn't have any side projects or anything special planned to help out with the refugee situation in any way we could. People made beds at refugee shelters, took the company card and bought food or spent time with projects integrating refugees with tech work (or any kind of work) in Sweden.
One of my projects were designing and selling stickers and pins and giving the proceeds to UNHCR. I was quite successful with that and search for another thing to do at one of our other "lab / inspiration days".
I've gotten into type design before and were curious on taking the time to learn interpolation (creating several weights of a font based on two weights). But with kids and work I've never gotten the time.
So I started Alma Mono on one of these lab days. I got the basics of interpolation down on that day and since then I've spent evenings working on it for 4-5 months.
Since I got to spend time with it during work hours, I got to learn a million things and the commitment to help out in anyway we could it was a given that this would be a "pay-what-you-want"-font and proceeds going to charity.
Couple of things
I started out with the intention of doing monospace because I would not have to kern. If you've ever designed a typeface you'd know kerning is like trying to shovel water out of the Titanic. It's never ending. And I thought that at least I'll cut that part out of the project. Turn out doing a monospace font has other challenges. Duh.
Another thought was that I could target developers with this to being a monospace font and all that. Perfect. That's a sweet bonus! Turns out doing a monospace font for code has other challenges. Duh.
So, Alma Mono isn't optimal for code, it's too wide and I figured that out pretty early on in the project but I kinda liked it anyways and continued. There is no way, at this moment, that I could compete with fonts especially made for code anyway. I use it in my Sublime editor and I use it in my terminal. It works fine for me, I'm a casual coder with html/css/jekyll and nothing more than that. I really like it my terminal. But hey, I think I'm biased.
Try it out. It's free if you want to. If you want to pay for it: Great! You're awesome if you do! It's for a good thing.
I've only had it out there for a few weeks but have made a couple of updates to it already. It's a passion project for me - I'll continue as long as I have the steam for it.
Feedback are appreciated. In any form, but preferable constructive. Like which glyphs work and don't work e t c. Feedback is a designers best tool, I'd be very humble and appreciative if you'd take your time to try it out.
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