Monospace composite characters

neverblink's picture

I'm looking for nice examples of composite characters (Æ/æ/Œ/œ/IJ/ij) within monospace typefaces; especially more heavily grid-based ones.

Which typeface succeeds in putting two characters in the space of one, while maintaining the same look, feel, spacing & darkness?

Cristobal Henestrosa's picture

I’d like to know that, too. IMHO, it can’t be done, since it would imply the double of darkness into one single slot.

neverblink's picture

One solution I have found is to reduce the weight of the stroke in the composite characters, so visually it has the same darkness as 'normal' characters.

This is Capibara Mono by Caketype

Cristobal Henestrosa's picture

Yes, that could be a solution. Seems to work in text sizes (not so sure, though). But in bigger sizes it just looks too light.

Nick Shinn's picture


"m" has three verticals, likewise with the dipthongs.
(Panoptica Doesburg shown.)

neverblink's picture

Nick, are you suggesting there is no problem?

Nick Shinn's picture

It's the same problem as "m" if the face is reduced to a perpendicular grid.
In another execution, such as a serifed, contrasted-stroke italic, it would be a different problem, and more of a problem:

neverblink's picture

I understand.

It might just be my own design, that has an open feeling (and where the M doesn't have three verticals), in which the combined characters seem to feel out of place.

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