The first round’s decisions were almost easily predictable, but the second afforded surprises.
This one changes the whole thing. The monospaced font is an interesting choice, as the look is normally linked to something technical or (even worse) old typewriters. But the crowd seems to embrace that and you’ll get what you want. The plan: I’m going for a so-called ’10-pitch’ typeface – like Courier, the mother of contemporary monospaced fonts. Which means: at 10 point it will fit 10 letters to the inch. And it looks like monospaced fonts are having some kind of a revival: Google released a few weeks ago the already infamous ‘Space Mono‘, made by Colophon and inspired by sci-fi stuff.
Photo-finish! The crowd seems to be in fond of high legibility – so open apertures are the right choice. Furthermore this will reduce the chance of a Helvetica look-a-like a lot.
This one is again somehow interesting: The vast majority voted for a ball terminal. Let’s remind: sans-serif and no stroke contrast. How does that work with ball terminal then? It somehow matches perfectly with the monospaced font as most old typewriter fonts are made from a line of uniform thickness – but characters like lowercase a, c, f or r do show off a ball terminal, which means that the end of the stroke takes a roughly circular shape.
Though oldstyle, also called text figures, are preferred in body text, because they integrate better with lowercase letters and small capitals, everything will be in line and the CROWDFONT will include a complete set of lining figures. Nothing wrong with that.
And the last two choices of round two are another match made in heaven: a double-storey a and a matching binocular g. But I’m pretty sure, there are some new ways to draw them to avoid an old-fashioned look.
Cheers to that!