Berkeley Mono February Update

Hey Gang! First of all, thank you to everyone that participated in the Beta program. Feedback is very much appreciated.

Here is a quick update on the progress:

Website - Berkeleygraphics.com

It is already up: https://berkeleygraphics.com but does not have the Berkeley Mono pages yet.

Stack is extremely simple:

I had fun designing this little download module (only visible after you purchase Berkeley Mono). It allows you to customize the font files for particular stylistic-set defaults. Basically, no need to change anything in your application, font files will be prebuilt for your liking:

Berkeley Mono - Customer Account - Download Fonts
Berkeley Mono - Customer Account - Download Fonts

Berkeley Mono Specimens

This is the marketing bit. It's fun but also extremely time-consuming:

Berkeley Mono Type Specimen
Berkeley Mono Type Specimen
Berkeley Mono Type Specimen
Berkeley Mono Type Specimen
Berkeley Mono Type Specimen
Berkeley Mono Type Specimen
Berkeley Mono Type Specimen
Berkeley Mono Type Specimen

Italics

I am thrilled to announce, absolutely classic 16º obliques. I think Oblique works better for code than true Italics. Also, in the context of Berkeley Mono, it is difficult to design flamboyant Italics while also being sufficiently legible, straightforward, and code-friendly. Personally, I am not a fan of Operator Mono from Hoefler & Co. although many people seem to like that sort of a thing.

Berkeley Mono Oblique
Berkeley Mono Oblique

Designing proper obliques takes a long time because essentially it is designing a new typeface from scratch (almost). It is not a matter of slanting glyphs and calling it a day. Here is the most basic example. It gets quite involved for complicated glyphs such as f or R:

Handtuning of Obliques
Hand-tuning of Obliques

With a simple shear transformation, the corners get disproportionately heavy. This needs to be hand-tuned with a combination of shear + rotation (clockwise) + elbow grease.

Why 16 degrees? It is basically the classic oblique angle of Univers. Modern Univers from Linotype (now Monotype) uses a modest 12º italic angle. I think that's too boring. Not 70's and 80's enough. More importantly, you want to easily distinguish between Roman and Italics. If they're too similar, it misses the point entirely.

Broad Language support

Berkeley Mono will have full support for the following European languages:

As well as Asian anglicization of:

Berkeley Mono complies with the following ISO 8859 standards:

Basic Latin Support

Berkeley Mono - Basic Latin Set
Berkeley Mono - Basic Latin Set

Western European Support

Berkeley Mono - Western European Set
Berkeley Mono - Western European Set

Central European Set

Berkeley Mono - Central European Set
Berkeley Mono - Central European Set

South-Eastern European Set

Berkeley Mono - South-Eastern European Set
Berkeley Mono - South-Eastern European Set

I am also planning for Greek language support but it seems to have stalled for now due to other activities:

Berkeley Mono - Greek Language Support
Berkeley Mono - Greek Language Support

That's all for now. Stay tuned!

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