Pretty much every font I can think of is in a sort of portrait, paper-proportioned-ish grid, sort of like this:

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A 1x2 grid fits tall letters like l and short letters at the bottom like s. This is the rectangle grid. But Chinese characters fit into a square grid:

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So you can fit in characters such as 漢 which is like a ■ square.

I'm wondering if there are any such "square" fonts for Latin scripts. Just to be clear, I don't mean square, boxy font styles like this. I just mean some sort of squarely proportioned way of designing the Latin lower and uppercase characters so it looks good.

I haven't (1) found any examples yet, let alone (2) ones that look nice. I would like to see some nice examples if there are some out there.

  • The closest to what you are describing is probably what are called "monospace fonts".
    – Billy Kerr
    Jan 12, 2019 at 17:02
  • I can think of Courier, which indeed is a monospace font, but also comes very close of being in a square aspect ratio. As a monospace, this means "so it looks good" is heavily challenged by having its m very narrow and its i very wide.
    – Jongware
    Jan 13, 2019 at 0:29
  • Fun fact: there's no name for this type of font Jan 13, 2019 at 1:48

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Have you looked at Eurostile (super-elliptical letterforms) or Microgramma or Gotham. Trajan has a square base form (Caps only). Politene/Gridnik designed in 1974 by Wim Crouwel is based on a square grid. Gridnik is the digital revival of Politene. Epps Evans designed in 1969 by Timothy Epps is based on a 5 x 5 square grid...no longer available. New Alphabet by Wim Crouwel is a digital revival as well. Try The Foundry. McNeil, Paul, The Visual History of Type, 2017


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Optician Sans is a fully functional typeface based on the historical optotype letters, including numbers and special characters. https://optician-sans.com


As I learned when I asked what these fonts were called, Panoptica is (close enough to) one:

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