It just me or there is someone else who gets annoyed when 'monospace' and 'typewriter' are used interchangeably to name a type style? I was surprised to see that Monotype has used the term typewriter for one of the styles of the custom typeface family for Sony
. A design inspired by Helvetica and Frutiger, typefaces that do not have any link with typewriters.
It is true that monospace typefaces were born with the typewriter, however as Jason Cranford mentions in his article for CB
'while typewriter fonts are often monospaced, that is not a requirement' and 'a monospace font could really come from any of the other categories, but is distinguished by spacing rather than by style.'
Not sure if the tendency towards the term 'typewriter' is a matter of fashion because nostalgia is something that sells well today.