Lydia Mono font character sheet

I was listening to the Design Better Podcast with Jonathan Hoefler yesterday while I worked on this new font and he mentioned some things about uniqueness to some typefaces that made me rethink some of the options for this new font. I had been working through the supposition that the newly design lower case characters should be traditionally created – meaning smaller scale. Yet, as I listened to the podcast, I thought that for this, more handcrafted font, perhaps creating a mono height version might be appropriate to our intent with this font. 

Lydia Regular character set

The upper case remains the same between the Regular and Mono versions, but the lower case is where the changes occur. The height of all these characters remain the same, despite the forms being presented in a traditional manner. 

Sample typeset with Lydia Mono

Typesetting each of these faces in a standard block of text shows that they are both fairly easy to read, but I think the mono version, especially at a smaller size, is easier to read and retains the hand-crafted intentions of our updated design. 

Sample typeset with Lydia Regular

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