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I hope this week has been a great start so far! In the past few weeks, I have been collecting feedback from you all and I have been busy keeping notes. So far, some of the feedback I have gotten were: to suggest pairing information, include more visual examples, more tips about how-tos, more tips about specific subjects like presentation, and more case studies… So many excellent and helpful suggestions! Thank you. I made some changes to this week’s newsletter according to feedback. If you have more, feel free to suggest by replying to this email. I would love to hear from you! 💛

Now let get to our tip today about Plex.



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img: sample of Plex (serif, sans, and mono)

The Plex Family

Plex is a system of fonts that has sans, serif, and monospaced versions. Plex is extensive because IBM originally commissioned it as its brand font. IBM saw itself as accessible, open, and friendly to illustrate the themes of mankind and machine. The font mirrored this brand vision by having neutral, approachable normal weights and more friendly italics. This highly versatile system of fonts can work for a variety of projects. When used together, they can complement each other to display complex text information for app user interfaces, spreadsheets, or presentations.


img: IBM’s internal PowerPoint template using Plex; source: https://www.ibm.com/brand/systems/developer/implementation/templates/

What Are Monospaced Fonts?


img: monospaced fonts are fixed width. Look at monospaced “1” comparing to the proportional “1”.

Oh, we haven’t talked much about monospaced fonts.

So far, the fonts we have covered have been proportional, where each character takes as much width as it needs. Monospaced fonts are fixed width (all of the characters have the same width). Most “typewriter” fonts are monospaced. Also, the fonts you see in code editors, like Courier.

Monospaced fonts are great for displaying numbers, like prices, playback time, and more, because every single character is the same width, which means, the numbers line up perfectly. Monospaced numbers are also called tabular numbers, because… they are born to be used in tables and spreadsheets. If you are creating a project with numbers and data, try a monospaced font — you will be pleased.


img: top– monospaced; bottom– not monospaced. This is why mono is great for numbers, especially numbers on dynamic labels like these. source: https://blog.usejournal.com/proportional-vs-monospaced-numbers-when-to-use-which-one-in-order-to-avoid-wiggling-labels-e31b1c83e4d0

Plex at a Glance

Plex Mono is perfect for numbers, symbols. It is also great for showing code snippets. Plex Mono Italic has the most personality out of the Plex bunch.

Some excellent features of Plex Mono include:

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