Reviewing Monoton: A Graphic Display Font That Demands Attention

Monoton Cover

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In This Issue…

How to Use Monoton for Logo and Branding


  • Font of the Week: Monoton
  • Design idea: Opt Art
  • Color Inspiration: Quiet Country
sample of Monoton
Sample of Monoton

Font of the Week 

About Monoton

Monoton first captured my attention with its fantastic, highly geometric shapes. It is the perfect font to use for a funky logo or marketing. The look and letter construction of Monoton is influenced by Prisma, an earlier font created in the 1930s, inspired by the unique stripe neon letter found at night across Germany. This font creates a funky and retro vibe.

monoton: inspiration
Primas inspired Monoton

Font Detail

  • Stripes as the texture for strokes of the font
  • One weight (usually a similar display font can lack lower case, but Monoton has an entire upper and lowercases).
monoton: font detail

How to use Monoton for logo?

Though a highly graphic display font, Monoton is pretty readable in small sizes. It is great for logos and graphics. It can be great for projects about something retro.

How to use Monoton for Marketing and Branding?

Monoton is an excellent visual font for posters, swags, patterns, and packaging. It performs visual trickeries - our eyes are automatically drawn to them due to the optical illusions. With that said, it is not a good font for small text and paragraphs.

Design Idea of the Week

Opt Art

Opt Art, or Optical Art is a visual art moment that uses optical illusions. Many well-known Opt Art paintings are black and white, giving viewers optical illusions of moments. Using inspirations from Opt art can be a great start to making exciting visuals.

Movement in Squares, by Bridget Riley 1961, source: wikipedia
Movement in Squares, by Bridget Riley 1961, source: wikipedia

Color Inspiration of the Week

Quiet Country

This week, enjoy this simple, muted color palette of a quiet town.

Cool Gray #7F90A2 | Mocha #9C8871 | Beige #E4CDB0 |Lemon #FDF891
color example

Typography Jargon Buster

Word Spacing

Adjustment of space between words.

word spacing

Creative Prompt 

Create something with Monoton!

Thank you

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