Last Updated on January 21, 2022
The name somewhat suggests the environment where it is used to the fullest. This monospaced typeface is a favorite among developers and code editors. Get to know the Consolas font.
How Consolas Came To Be
Programming and other digital environments more often than not required monospaced typefaces, which were ideal for electronic screens. This allows for longer and more comfortable reading long lines of text on digital screens. All characters have the same width, making it one of the better options for personal and business purposes.
This design by Luc(as) De Groot is part of the ClearType Font collection that takes advantage of Microsoft’s font-rendering technology. The subpixel rendering technique attempts to improve on the appearance of texts of computer display screens. This means sacrificing the variation of colors that can be displayed for a wider degree of intensities.
ClearType was implemented on various Microsoft operating systems from Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and to limited extents, Windows 8 and 10. Consolas was meant to replace the aged Courier New – only that it started with a limited number of glyphs (only 713 glyphs were available on the first version of Consolas, compared to the 1318 glyphs available on Courier New (v. 2.90)).
Consolas version 7.00 that came with Windows 10 supported a total of 3030 glyphs.
Aside from Windows operating systems, Consolas is distributed with Microsoft Excel Viewer, Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer, and the Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack. The typeface is also available for licensing through the Ascender Corporation, now part of Monotype Imaging. Bare Bones Software has acquired licensing for this typeface for use with BBEdit – their text editor software.
Because it’s still a serif, it makes sense to pair it with a sans serif to create balance. We recommend Avenir or Gibson for a natural, human touch. Consolas is available for purchase through MyFonts. You can also grab the free variant at A-ZFonts or at Fonts Network.