A simple resource for finding and trying variable fonts
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The variation of this typeface expands the outlined forms “into a three dimensional hyperspace”. It also includes a filled top style for layering. Offered with discounted pricing while it’s still a work in progress. (Note: Some browsers may show strange artifacts due to rendering bugs.)
These prototype fonts were built by Ken Lunde and his colleagues at Adobe for developers to test support for “variable font collections” that combine the technologies for both variable fonts and font collections. The fonts simulate the structure (styles, glyphs, character mapping, features, etc) of Source Han (Serif & Sans) and Noto CJK, but only contain a dozen or so functional glyphs, repeated thousands of times. Lunde’s introduction explains how variable font collections can greatly reduce file sizes for type systems with expansive character support, like Pan-CJK fonts for typesetting East Asian scripts.
East Asian / CJK, Latin, Cyrillic, Greek, Dingbats/emoji
An experiment in italicization, this one-off member of the Roslindale type series can vary its italic forms separately from the angle of slanting. The vast majority of typefaces change italic forms along with slanting, so this may be the first case of both the registered ‘italic’ and ‘slant’ axes being used in the same variable font.
The iA Writer fonts, made for the iA Writer app, are a modification of IBM Plex, originally designed by Bold Monday with Mike Abbink at IBM. The Mono fonts match glyph widths for all characters. Duo allows an additional glyph width for letters that are otherwise cramped. Quattro uses 4 glyph widths, approaching a standard proportional typeface. Within the iA Writer app, variable weight and spacing values are adjusted depending on font size, screen, and color settings.
Oliver Reichenstein, Bold Monday, Mike Abbink, Paul van der Laan, Pieter van Rosmalen
An all-purpose sans with moderate stroke contrast, initially inspired by 20th-century lettering books from German designer Eugen Nerdinger. The variable fonts are included when licensing the full series of static fonts.