April 1, 2016

Agama is a monospace programming typeface, designed primarily as a mono companion to Cyclura — and as my personal terminal and programming font. It's a sans-serif face, and is probably best described as humanist with a few geometric influences. It has very low modulation (as is appropriate for a monospace font), but it does have slight hints of calligraphy here and there. It also has very mild flaring on some stems, invisible except at very large sizes or resolutions.

As a programming typeface, its primary focus is, for lack of a better term, ergonomics. I stare at terminals and text editors with programming fonts in them for many, many hours at a time. Typographically induced eyestrain is unacceptable in my line of work (and my line of play, as it were). Agama is semicondensed — as a monospace, it has to be; if every letterform was as wide as an M or a W it'd result in absurd widths required for even small snippets of code.

Its primary inspirations and influences are the classic Letter Gothic face from IBM Selectric typewriters, and Raph Levien's fantastic Inconsolata. It also has a few touches reminiscent of more condensed and mechanistic faces, like Monoid.

It's named after a genus of small, insectivorous African lizards.


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