Welcome to Minima (banana dances)


Minima is a state-of-the-art pixel font and it's the smallest pixel font ever. Packed with characters and features, it pushes the limits of typography to a new level.


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Minima is a specialized modern pixel font, new since 2016. It has the smallest characters possible for a complete system with full standard typography. Minima remains fully legible and pleasantly expressive under the most extreme circumstances, whether that might be in miniature pattern print, on tiny resolution displays, or creatively destroyed in illustration.

A core design value of Minima is to go for highly naturalistic representations of typographic character traits and especially their systematic means of distinction. This is done at a basic construction height of 4 pixels, so Minima looks perfectly sharp at a size of 4px and each multiple of 4px.


type sample in sizes 4 to 32 px: THE LAZY DOG JUMPS OVER THE QUICK BROWN FOX / the lazy dog jumps over the quick brown fox


To accomodate letters with diacritical marks and provide pleasant spacing for underlengths, Minima's practical line height is expanded to 6 pixels by default. This can usually be reduced down to 4px if no such expansion is desired, as the elementary letters are constructed within their inner limits.


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Tech Specs:

.ttf Format Vector Pixels Type Metrics Big Content

Minima is made for and provided in the modern .ttf vector format. It features extensive kerning, standard ligatures, alternate glyphs and other lookups native to OpenType.


Minima's letters have a CAP-height of 3px and an x-height of 2px. The em size is 4px.


The current version 0.22 contains all characters of the Unicode range 0000 to 00FF (Basic Latin a.k.a. ASCII & Latin-1 Supplement), plus alternate glyphs and a few additional typographic elements.


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You can order Minima directly via E-Mail. Send an informal request to: info@minimatype.com

The desktop license costs 10 EUR. You can pay by bank transfer or via PayPal.

DESKTOP LICENSE: 1. one copy of Minima may be used by exactly one natural person. | 2. you may not copy Minima for any uses other than personal; you may not let other persons access copies you have made of Minima. you may not rent, lend or sublicense Minima. | 3. you may not release an application that allows for Minima to be extracted from it. | 4. you may not use the word 'Minima' or an isolated monogram 'M' set in Minima or a modification of Minima in a commercial product of any kind. | 5. you may not exceed a net revenue of 1,000 EUR per year from products or services using Minima. products or services using Minima may not exceed a net revenue of 1,000 EUR per year.


If you'd like to work under another type of license, don't hesitate to ask.


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Minima already includes a well-tended core of all the most essential characters – but this only the beginning. More than 1,000 other glyphs to support lots of languages and a vast array of iconography will be added in coming updates.


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Why all the fuss? Admittedly, some of the lowercase forms are rather adventurous and take some getting used to. But Minima is not just an art exploration of tiny forms. It is made to be relentlessly functional, and it has all reason to be.

In a very similar grid representation, Minima is as compact as Braille, and Braille cells can be embedded in Minima. Its design format is archaic and futuristic at the same time, a timeless combination of visual typography and the grid. Hopefully, it will eventually become a practical option for tactile writing.

Minima is even in the vicinity of pure machine data. It could offer some unique advantages due to the fact that it's made of physical semblances, discrete minimal units of writing.


This is something new.





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