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Let’s go back to the 80s… with SquarePants Next!

SquarePants Next typewriter

October 2020

Release SquarePants v1r3: “Hurrah!” After numerous iterations my monospaced pixel typeface is now finally ready! SquarePants Next is—of course—fully scaleable but optimized for on-screen use at 12 point size.

December 2020

Release SquarePants Next v1: User feedback plus small details that might be considered inconsistencies were addressed in this fresh redesign.

February 2021

Release SquarePants Next Micro v1: By just moving one pixel at a time (with only five pixels for the x-height and letter width) SquarePants Next Micro 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 sketch

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

  • imitate the time-honoured look of typewriters
  • create simple tables
  • compose plain emails
  • write computer code
  • go back to the 80s 👍

SquarePants Next Micro sticky note

SquarePants Next Micro email

SquarePants Next Micro table

SquarePants Next Micro Pyhton code

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

Less but better

Braun pocket calculator ET66 (1977)

For my birthday: replica of the iconic Braun pocket calculator ET66 (1977)

In the 1980s Dieter Rams, one of Germany’s most important and the world’s best known industrial designers, formulated his design philosophy, the Ten principles for good design:

  • Good design is innovative
  • Good design makes a product useful
  • Good design is aesthetic
  • Good design makes a product understandable
  • Good design is not conspicuous or attracting attention
  • Good design is honest
  • Good design is long-lasting
  • Good design is thorough, down to the last detail
  • Good design is environmental-friendly
  • Good design is as little design as possible

It’s no accident that this Braun calculator looks surprisingly similar to some features in the iPhone as Steve Jobs and his lead designer Jonathan Ive used to admire the products and design philosophy of Dieter Rams.

My replica—a limited edition in white—comes from the Design Museum in London.