What is Alma Mono?
Alma Mono is a monospaced typeface. Monospace is where the letters and characters in the font each occupy the same amount of horizontal space. That means that the "i" has the same width as the "m". Like on the old typewriters.
Alma Mono is a regular font that you install like every other font. It should of course work in all your applications like for instance Microsoft Word, Keynote for Mac or maybe as default font in your favorite text editor or the terminal.
Alma Mono comes in five different weights and works as well as a heavy display type as in long format text.
You can buy Alma Mono and the price is whatever you want it to be if you use it for personal use. Commercial licenses is available.
All proceeds of Almo Mono sold via almamono.com goes to charity.
Why have you created Alma Mono?
Since the war in Syria started millions of people have been forced to leave their homes. Hundreds of thousands have crossed the Mediterranean in search for safety. Refugees on a dangerous travel from countries like Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Sudan. Countries torn apart by war and destruction. Thousands of families run for their lives and takes huge risks crossing treacherous sea and barb wired fences. Many have no other choice but to climb aboard over crowded boats to give their children a chance for survival and safety. They do it because a dangeroues journey across a sea is safer then where they are right then.
I can only imagine the horror of these perilous journeys. And especially if you are doing it with your children.
So I've been searching for ways to help out in any way I can. At my place of work we regularly have days where we can do whatever we want, we call it lab days. It is days meant for fun, education and good causes. I had a design project where I designed pins and stickers and sold them to friends and family with all the proceeds going to charity.
The sticker project started as a lab day. Alma Mono is a continuation of that. I wanted to learn more on the creation of typefaces and especially how I could interpolate between a light and a thick font to create even more font weights. That's why Alma Mono is in five weights. I drew a light and a bold version, the rest is interpolated.
There are many ways of helping out. This is one of the ways that I'm choosing.
Who are you?
My name is Daniel Feldt, I live in Stockholm, Sweden with my wife and two kids. I've been working as a designer since 1999 and I design websites and mobile applications.
Being surrounded by typography since then have made me curious on creating my own typefaces. I first started out with creating a typeface as a hobby while being on parental leave. The last year I've done a couple of typefaces and Alma Mono is my first one with several weights. I have barely scratched the surface of the science and art of creating typefaces and I'm excited for the future. I have a lot to learn.
How does this charity thing work?
So far I'm using a solution that means I get payments sent to me to my Paypal and I personally make the donations to charities. I've chosen this way because it's easy. It's also a bit selfish because I get a personal satisfaction of doing the actual donation. I've done this before, read all about it.
If this blows up, and that would be an awesome if, I probably would have to change this solution to something more official.
Are you to be trusted?
That's up to you. I'm not in it for the money - that's why you pay what you want. I trust you, so I'm asking you to trust me.
I have a job that I love waking up in the morning and go to and it pays well. This is a workplace that also allowed my to use some of the time it took to create Alma on work time. So, I'm not in it for the money. I'm extremely lucky to have what I have. Donating the proceeds for Alma is the least I could do.
Also I've seen the millions things I've learned on the way of creating Alma as payment for me.
What charities are we talking about?
I'll start out with UNHCR and hopefully raise a sum. If this picks up steam I'll change charities.
My wish would be to change charities every now and then and maybe donate to breast cancer research during November, prostate cancer in october, MS-research or local charities in the community e t c.
How can I know when and how much you donate?
You should like the Facebook-page for Alma Mono. There I plan to update with news of what's happening with the font and my donations.
You can find it here: facebook.com/almamonotype.