My thoughts on Moucha
Since Futura’s debut in 1927 a geometric sans-serif is not all the hype anymore. Also, variable fonts with varying widths are common by now. And even though Moucha is both – a geometric sans-serif and a variable font – it is different, mucho different 🤪. Because with the width not only the length of lines is changing, also the vibe of the typeface goes from Vintage to Modern. How can that be?
The secret is that not all the characters change their width, and this irregularity makes it so special. Circular shapes, like “o”, “e”, or “c” remain the same across styles, some characters like “t” or “w” change a bit, while others, like “a” or “n” change dramatically. Moucha Vintage shows the most variety in the width of the individual characters, making it quirky and a bit strange. Moucha Modern is quite wide and seems balanced, and there also is the interesting Moucha X in between.
What I like a lot about Moucha Modern that is still has a certain warmth to it. This is due to the tailed terminal of the “t” and the double storey “a” and “g”. By utilizing the various stylistic sets, you can make Moucha more minimalist but also more legible. When it comes to usage of space and legibility, I recommend Moucha X for UI design with certain stylistic sets activated.
You can see the roots of the vintage style lie in typefaces like Futura. But Moucha has plenty of advantages, I go deeper into that in the Font Friday Video Digest. Moucha is a very versatile, but clam typeface. I only wish the weight axis would use the CSS defaults between 100 and 900, rather than 20 to 200. But still, the typeface performs well in many applications, ideally in body text and even in UI design, if the right stylistic sets are activated.
Font Pairings for Moucha
You look for something with fire for your headings? Choose Voyage, also geometric, but in a contrasting, lavish way, or one of the other suggestions.
Learn more about pairing typefaces using the Font Matrix.
What do you think of Moucha? Tell me in the comments below! Also, if you spot an interesting typeface I should review!