Love Your Eyes

If you are a developer or designer, you spend a good portion of your day writing, reading, and generally looking at code. Unless you are psychotic, you do so in a monospaced typeface which aids in legibility of code by giving each character the same width as every other character.

While this is a horrible idea for prose, the poetry of code is well served by this as it allows us to more easily recognize patterns and to scan through scores or hundreds of lines of code to easily find a specific snippet.

Unfortunately, nearly every freely available monospaced typeface1 is hideous.

Certainly there have been experiments to compare mono space types to minimize this, and yes there are some new players in the field, but the fact remains that there may not be any pleasant, free monospaced type.

But that’s okay, right? Is it too much to ask to spend a few bucks on something that will improve your day-to-day life, bringing you happiness where once there was only meh?

Enter Pitch

Comparison of Pitch (black) and Courier (grey)

Comparison of Pitch (black) and Courier (grey)

I heard about Pitch through a now-deleted tweet by @kneath about a year ago. I was immediately intrigued by the prospect of having such a vision of beauty staring back at me all day.

Specimen of Pitch's fractions in regular and bold weights with some numbers to compare how they'll look in text. The fractions are designed so that the numerator and denominator form a top left to bottom right diagonal while the fraction bar forms a complimentary bottom left to top right line, split int the middle and tapering out toward the edges.

I spent a couple days thinking about it, and ended up picking up Pitch a week or two later. I went with the $75 option for Roman + Italic Regular weight, but you can get a single weight for $50 as well. Despite the package name, the font supports bold weight as well.

Take a look for yourself.


Pitch is a love letter to the typewriter.

I used to spend all day in front of my computer, looking at what used to be an ugly terminal. Spending a little time picking out a more attractive typeface now pay back every day with a little smile when I see a character I really appreciate. Purchasing a well-designed typeface has been one of the best investments I’ve made. Join me.

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    Font is what you use, typeface is what you see. Since we’re referring to the design of the characters, we’ll use the term typeface instead of font. Font is a better term for the file used to deliver the typeface. Think of fonts as MP3s while typefaces are songs.