Let’s go back to the 80s

SquarePants Mono on a typewriter

February 2021:
Hurray! After a few months of work in iterative steps [constructing, testing, adjusting… and again] my bitmap font is now finally ready. By just moving one pixel at a time—with only 5 px for the x-height and letter width—SquarePants Mono took shape. It is astonishing to see how far one can push the contours of the glyphs to sometimes ‘weird’ graphics, but still make us think we’re reading Roman characters! Bitmapping as an act of mindfulness and a useful training in managing contrast.

SquarePants Next Micro sketch

With more than 200(!) glyphs SquarePants Mono contains a full Google Fonts Basic character set. Use this fine monospaced font to:

  • Imitate the time-honoured look of typewriters
  • Create simple tables without further formatting
  • Compose plain emails [never use HTML for this!]
  • Write computer code

Table in SquarePants Mono

Email in SquarePants Mono

Python code in SquarePants Mono

Now add that retro look to your typographic palette! Built in the Netherlands with enjoyment! Get your copy here.

June 2021: A proportional spaced, smaller ‘sister’ is currently under construction.

Dienstfiets [part II]

Miles travelled between Utrecht and Zeist

In the past 10 years I’ve travelled roughly 24,000 miles between Utrecht and Zeist on my MTB!
[Compare: a ride around the equator = 26.000 miles]

World’s #1 puzzle


Ernö Rubik—a professor from Budapest in Hungary—wanted to help his students understand 3D problems. His solution? The Rubik’s Cube! Ernö created the first working prototype in 1974. With 8 corner blocks and 12 edge blocks, 8!×12!×38×212 different positions are possible. However, it is not possible to achieve every situation by twists:

  • Turns of corner blocks can only be done with at least two blocks at the same time
  • Side blocks can only be rotated with at least two blocks at the same time
  • Movements can only be made with three blocks at a time

Due to these limitations, the above value must still be divided by 2×2×3=12. Result: 43 252 003 274 489 856 000 (more than 43 trillion) in different positions. Only one of them is the right solution!

1982: The Museum of Modern Art in NYC selects Rubik’s Cube for its permanent collection.

2017: Rubik’s Brand enjoys a record year with retail sales reaching $250 million.

2021: For the trainspotters: as a big fan of this legendary puzzle (I solved it!) with its iconic design I have added a favicon of it to this site.