We’re happy to share a wacky variable font that we’ve actually been using on our website since it launched in October 2018. We’ve made a lot of changes since then, and as of today are proud to make it available to everyone, for free. But let’s back up just a bit to explain Trispace.
ETC founder (me, Tyler Finck) made League Mono for The League of Moveable Type a few years ago. It’s cool and was updated to be variable. Back when we were putting materials together for this website, League Mono ended up being a solid fit. But we wanted to make some changes that would clash quite a bit from the original.
Lots of letters changed shape a little bit but the biggest update was leaving the monospace behind. MOST glyphs in ETC Trispace share the same width but we wanted to make the narrowest forms take up slightly less space (i, l, j, space, quotes, and a few others) and the widest forms take up slightly more space (M, m, W, w, Æ, æ, Œ, œ, @, and &). We did this to retain the feel of a monospace font but on a slightly more readable level. We also didn’t invent this concept, but if it is new to you, then great!
The heavier weights got a little thicker, a change that is reflected across almost every style. We thought about making a much more elaborate type sample page, but really, we’ve been using this font for 6 months, it’s all over our website, you’re literally experiencing it in action right now. The majority of text on our site is set with the variable WOFF2 version of ETC Trispace.
Other than that we encourage you to try it out, the tester is on our home page or you could fill out the form below and have it emailed to you directly. It’s free for commercial usages, that info is contained in the download. That said, this is a work in progress so having your email on record is a great way for us to let you know when an update is available. Enjoy 👍