At WCUS 2022 I saw a presentation by Michelle R Schulp which had a marvelous font in it. I asked her afterward and she told me that it was Brandon Grotesque. In looking for the font I discovered that the foundry also had Brandon Text which was optimized for screen display. This captured exactly what I was looking for in a font:
- a little character
I wanted headings to be related to my body copy but I didn’t want them to be too long (sometimes I can be wordy). I tried Brandon Grotesque and it was just longer than I wanted. Then I discovered that the foundry had a condensed version!
- similar look to body
- enough difference to really set off the characters
- condensed for shorter lines
In May 2020 I bought MonoLisa and I’ve been using it in terminals and text editors ever since. Since I purchased it with the professional license that let me use the font online as well it’s been on my todo list (for years) to actually implement it on the website. Now I have and I’m very happy with how it looks.
Sharing code was a key feature of the latest site redesign. Previously I’d been using an integration with Gist to handle code but then code didn’t show up well in RSS feeds. I saw Prism a while back and kept it in the back of my mind for possible use on the site. I really like the progressive enhancement nature of the solution and I’m running it with the Tomorrow Night theme which is reminiscent of the Sunburst TextMate theme which has been my preferred color scheme for over a decade.