Free Font Friday: Martian Mono
by Taylor Slattery | January 26, 2023
Martian Mono is a monospaced counterpart to the sans serif Martian Grotesk created by multidisciplinary designer and head of design at Evil Martians, Roman Shamin. Martian Mono is part of the larger Martian Grotesk type family, a function-first family of typefaces designed specifically for on-screen readability with a number of additional considerations sure to make it a favorite amongst designers and developers alike.
Martian Mono’s metrics are designed as such so that there is equal space above and below. There’s no need to dial in custom padding values to make your type appear optically centered in an element like a button—with Martian Mono, you can systematically set padding values and count on everything aligning as expected. Similar attention has been paid to the heights of the letterforms themselves, with commonly used sizes like 10, 15, and 20 aligning perfectly to the underlying pixel grid. This results in a typeface that is not only easier to design with and build systems around, but makes the type itself sharper and more legible across different platforms.
Martian Mono is available in 8 static weights as well as a version with variable width and weight axes. You can find it for free here.
Taylor is the Managing Editor of Notes on Design. Taylor is a graphic designer, illustrator, and Design Lead at Weirdsleep.