Favorite fonts

Kev Quirk and Nathan Magand wrote down some fonts they like, and I like fonts too, so here we go.

Recursive Sans

This is the one in use on my site. I love this font and how customizable it is; it’s a five-axis variable font. You can go from a serious-looking sans (Linear) to almost Comic Sans-level markerness (Casual), and the weight goes up to 1000. They distribute a monospaced Duo version that I used it in my text editor for a while.

https://www.recursive.design

IBM Plex Sans and Mono

I have trouble recognizing Plex when it’s in use, which is a plus! Their website goes into the history of fonts at IBM and how they took inspiration from their electric typewriters.

https://www.ibm.com/plex/

Figtree

With its heavy weights and fun characters, it’s a great alternative to overused multipurpose sans-serifs like Montserrat or Inter.

https://www.erikdkennedy.com/projects/figtree.html

JetBrains Mono

This is the one I’ve been using for coding and in the terminal. It doesn’t distract me and it’s legible at small sizes.

https://www.jetbrains.com/lp/mono/

San Francisco

This is an Apple system font and I like it because it isn’t Helvetica and it looks great.

https://developer.apple.com/fonts/

New York

Another Apple system font, and my favorite serif. The letters group together well and it doesn’t use excessive flourishes.

iA Writer Quattro

The nicest semi-proportional font for writing, and included with iA Writer. It’s based on IBM Plex.

https://ia.net/topics/a-typographic-christmas

Final fonts

My favorites are monospace or monospace-inspired, followed by sans-serifs and one serif. I’m picky about serifs; the few I like are New York, Georgia, Iowan, and Arizona Serif. A lot of them exaggerate the serif parts (the little marks at the end of the strokes) too much for my liking, or are too thin.

There’s a number of fonts I don’t like and I use a browser extension to replace them on sites that use them; I wrote about those here.