15 December 2008

I Love It When This Happens (updated)

NB: There is a public update, 1438 18 Dec. Please seen end of the post


1884.


The bestest thing about the intermet is that it allows me to be an open admirer of something and sometimes the creator notices my hat tip and returns it.


This time, it's Michael Everson. He developed this font, which I fell silly in love with, called Everson Mono:


everson mono


The thing about Everson Mono is that it's monospaced (as the name would suggest).  A monospaced font is one in which every glyph, regardless of shape, occupies one unmutable space, and all the spaces are equal. If you used Courier or Arial when you had a better choice available, that's a monospaced font ... and we'll be sending the design police round to duff you up a treat, as they say.


Well, clear your Arial and your Courier off your drives, peoples, consign them to the dustbin of type history. If you must use a monospaced font, use Everson's; it has little filips and touches, is eminently readable, and actually has a little art to them. And, as I said then as now, I adore the minuscule g.


Anyway, M. Everson acknowledged my little love letter and I must say thank you. What better way to show you where to download the font:


You'll get it for free here. That's free, as in it ain't cost you nuthin'. Free fonts, people ... do I really need to tell you what to do here?


The world will look a little better for your efforts and Michael Everson will be duly enshrined as the man who brought attractiveness to the monospaced font.


Yes, you have to do this.


While you're at it, cruise the rest of the Evertype site. Cleanly designed with an impressive reach.


UPDATE: As correctly pointed out by commenter zwetterman, Everson Mono is not actually free, but shareware:



Everson Mono is shareware. If you use it, please support its development by buying a licence to do so. The shareware fee for using one or more than one (that is, any or all) of these Unicode-supporting coded font programs is EUR 33.00. The licence gives you the right to use these fonts on three CPUs and three CPUs only. (That’s two at the office and one at home, so please don’t complain.) Shareware is not freeware. You may not use Everson Mono for free.



That's what you get for not reading the license, which is a little embarrassing because I usually always read the license.


However, I will point out that you can download the font for nothing, and would highly suggest that everyone that can pay for it, do so. Genius like this deserves to be rewarded.


Thank you zwetterman for the sharp eye. I'll continue to advocate for this font, because I like it just that much.


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2 comments:

zwettemaan said...

Hi Sam,

Just checked out the Everson Mono font - cool font! But I checked the license file in the readme, and it says - quote:

Everson Mono Shareware Licence

Everson Mono is shareware. If you use it, please support its development by buying a licence to do so. The shareware fee for using one or more than one (that is, any or all) of these Unicode-supporting coded font programs is EUR 33.00. The licence gives you the right to use these fonts on three CPUs and three CPUs only. (That’s two at the office and one at home, so please don’t complain.) Shareware is not freeware. You may not use Everson Mono for free.

End quote

I think that is not a free font, is it?

Cheers,

kris

Samuel John Klein Portlandiensis said...

Kris:

You sharp eye is indeed correct. It may be a free download, but it is shareware.

I will write a corrective update on the post.

Thanks for pointing it out.