Iosevka Comfy version 0.2.0

“Iosevka Comfy” is the name of my collection of custom typefaces, derived from Iosevka. It addresses the pain points (however small) I have had with all other libre fonts, including Hack, Source Code Pro, Fira Mono/Code, and upstream Iosevka’s numerous stylistic variants.

My project’s README, describes all the technicalities about the goal of Iosevka Comfy, its particularities, the multiple build files it provides, and the differences between them. The very short description is:

[…] with a rounded style and open shapes, adjusted metrics, and overrides for almost all individual glyphs in both roman (upright) and italic (slanted) variants.

While not specific to Emacs, Iosevka Comfy is an integral part of my Emacs experience: these are the only fonts I use as they complement my efforts to have highly legible interfaces that are consistent and devoid of exaggerations (per my modus-themes).

Below are the release notes.

  • Updated the screenshots that compare Iosevka Comfy to regular Iosevka. They show how the former is more vertically compact than the latter, while also exhibiting the stylistic differences between the two. Make sure to view the images in full screen mode, otherwise the characters may be distorted.

  • Iosevka Comfy comes in “narrow” and “wide” variants. As the latter have different requirements, we optimise for them instead of enforcing a misguided one-size-fits-all. Concretely, the README explains thus:

Deviations from the regular style

The variants of Iosevka Comfy are subdivided into “narrow” and “wide”. The former consists of iosevka-comfy and iosevka-comfy-fixed. The latter includes iosevka-comfy-wide, iosevka-comfy-wide-fixed, and the quasi-proportional iosevka-comfy-duo.

Due to the relaxed spacing requirements and concomitant legibility considerations, the wide variants have stylistic deviations from their counterparts. In detail:

  • The m character has three legs of equal length, insetad of a shorter middle leg. The short middle leg in the narrow variants is necessary for legibility, especially at small point sizes (otherwise the character’s legs visually blend into what appears to be a solid block).

  • The 0 has a forward slash that cuts diagonally through the middle of the circle, connecting the bottom left part to the top right of the oval shape. Whereas the narrow variants have a dashed forward slash which does not connect the two sides as it is positioned inside the oval shape.

Done using upstream version v15.5.2, commit a0f82f14.