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    plex mono has become one of my favorite monospace fonts for sure!

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      Mine too. And I use Plex Sans as my UI font. It’s nice to have a whole superfamily of free, high-quality fonts, that work perfectly together.

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        Ooh I hadn’t thought to use it as my UI font. I’ll definitely be trying this shortly.

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      The most obvious reason is cost. Developing a custom typeface can eliminate the recurring licensing fees that must be paid to foundries. IBM [4] and Netflix [5] claim to save millions of dollars per year by switching from Helvetica to IBM Plex and Gotham to Netflix Sans, respectively.

      I didn’t even think about how much this stuff costs for “real companies”. Licenses are weird

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        Using Fira Mono (developed for Firefox OS back in the days) for terminal & coding. Fira Sans for my website.

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          Have you tried Fira Code?

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            I find the concept entertaining, but personally don’t like ligatures as they appear untrue to me. I’m feeling that this obscures the actual code I am writing - even if it’s just a local display aspect.

            I admit, that’s not a very meaningful or objective reply. But, after all, this is a matter of taste :)

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              Nothing obscured as long as the mapping is bijective. shrugs

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          I like Droid fonts that were used in older versions of Android, before they were replaced by Roboto. It feels more “warm and cozy” than Roboto, which is quite standard and dull, despite Google described it as more “emotional”.

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            As pointed out in this article, it barely differs from Helvetica Neue, among others. Certainly is quite standard.

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              I don’t think that’s fair at all. Helvetica Neue is not particularly nice at small sizes, because of small apertures and terminals only being sliced at the horizontal axis, and I think Roboto does a very good job taking design cues from Helvetica while being much more useful at small sizes. I do think it’s fair to call Roboto “standard,” and even to say that its design brief is to nail standardness more squarely than just about any other font before or since.

              I do agree that Roboto feels “cooler” (in the sense of not as warm) as Droid Sans, but I personally like that.

              Disclosure: friends with the Christian Robertson, creator of Roboto, and have been lightly involved with a few aspects of it.

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                At that size, and in the comparison given in the article, there are very few differences.

                Roboto does do a great job at small sizes.

                I should have qualified that being “standard” isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s not a bad font in any sense, but it doesn’t have anything particularly outstanding about it.

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              Roboto for Ice Cream Sandwich is pretty different from Roboto for Lollipop. If you can’t tell the difference, look at the numeral 7 (the ICS one has an exaggerated curve in it’s diagonal stroke) and the capital R (the diagonal, again, is different). The ICS one is a multi-headed frankenfont. The Lollipop one is Generic Sans #2844.

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                Droid sans mono is by far one of the best terminal fonts I’ve ever used

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                That Airbnb font is so damn sexy.