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Open source

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Variable fonts with license option: Open source

65 results

Wavefont

  • ĈĉċĊĉċčīıēģĹĶIJĺķĺĺijĽijĶĵĦČģĹĪĞĠĝġđČĐĤĨijħģĚģĢıĞĢİķīİijķĴIJĪĬģęĬķĦĒěěėďĒĚĪĢēČċěĩĘđēĞĝĚČčĖħĨĝđđĒīīĚďĕĚġĔċċĖĭİĮğĔĢĤĮĪĘįĹĵĶijįĸııijĢĚĭĥĪıĦĦĨĤĪġĤĴĭĵįĐĕĠĤħĦ
    ĨĩĪĶĶIJĹIJįĮĪķĺĵĹĶİIJįĪİĨĮĩġĤĜğĘğīĞęīĬĹĶĨįIJİijĪıİİĸĴĶĮĭijĵĭīĨĭħĬįĵijĶįĤĨģĥĝĘĠĦIJĮĦıİįĸįıĵİĭİĩĬĢģħħīěĜġġĠĞĦĩīĹĵĺĶİĮĭİIJīīģĕĒČČďĐđċčďčċċċĉĉċĉĉĈĈċčėįĢĥłĻIJ
1 108
0 1
0 50

A variable font that can be used for rendering charts by mapping data values to Unicode characters.

Tags: dingbats, modular, monospaced, multiplexed, multiplexed weight, pixel, unusual variation
Design:Dmitry IV.
Publisher:Dmitry IV.
Characters:dingbats/emoji
Released:2021-02-26
Licensing:Open source

Linefont

  • ĞĠģĦĨīĭįıijĵĶĸĸĹĹĹĹĸķĶĴIJİĭĪħĤġĞěĘĕĒďčČĊĊĉĉĊċČĎĐĒĔėęěĝğĠĠġĠğĞĜĚėĔđĎċĈąăĂāāāĂĄĆĉČďĒĕĘĚĜĞğğĞĜĚĘĕĒĎċĈĆăĂāāĂĄĆĉČďēĖęĜĞğĠĠĠĞĜĚėēĐčĊ湥㥥ĆĈĊčĐĔėĚĜğĠġġġĠĞĜĚėĔđčċĈĆĄĂĂāĂăĄĆĈĊČďĒĔĖĘĚěĝĝĞĞĝĜĜĚęėĖĔēđĐďĎčččččĎďđĒĔĖĘĚĜĞġģĥħĨĪīĬĭĭĭĭĬĬīĩĨĦĥģġĠğĝĝĜĜĝĞğġģĦĩīįıĴķĹĺĻĻĻĺĸĵIJįīĨĤġğĝĜĝĞĠĢĦĩĭİijĴĵĵijİĬħġĜĖđĎċĊĊČĎĒĖęĜĞĞĝěėēĎĊćąąĆĊĐėĞĦĬıĴĵĴıĭĨĤĠ
    ĝĝĞĠģħĪĬīĩĤĞĖĎćĂĀĀ ăĉĐĘĠħīĭĭĪħģğĞĞğģħĬįıİĬĦĞĕčĆāĀĂĆčĕĜģĨĪĪĨĤġĞĜĝğĤĩĮIJĴijİīģĚĒĊąĂāĄĉďĕěĠģĤĤġĞěęėĘĚĞĤĩįĵĸĺĺķijĭħĠęĔĐĎčĎĐēėĚĝğğğĝĚėĒ ĎĊĆăāĀāĂąĈČĐĔĘěĞĠġĢġĠĞĜęĖēĐčĊĈĆĄĂĂāāĂĂăąĆĈĊČĎĐĒĕėĚĜğġĤħĪĬįIJĴĶĸĹĻĻĻĻĺĹķĴıĮĪħĤġğĞĝĞğġĤĨĬįijĵķķĵIJĮĨĢěĕďċĉĈĊčđĕęĜĝĝěĘĔĐččďēĚģĬĴĹĻĺĵĬģęđČĊČĐĖěĞğĝĚĖĕĖěĢīIJķĶİĦęČăĀăČĘĤĬİįĪģĞěěĞġĢğęĒċĊĎĘĥIJĺĺIJĤĕĈĂąĎĚĥ
50 500
20 500

A variable font that can be used for rendering line chart data by mapping data values to Unicode characters.

Tags: dingbats, modular, monospaced, multiplexed, multiplexed weight, pixel, unusual variation
Design:Dmitry IV.
Publisher:Dmitry IV.
Characters:dingbats/emoji
Released:2021-02-16
Licensing:Open source

Golos Text VF & Golos UI VF

  • Golos Text VF
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
    АБВГДЕЖЗИЙКЛМНОПРСТУФХЦЧШЩЪЫЬЭЮЯ
    абвгдежзийклмнопрстуфхцчшщъыьэюя
  • Golos UI VF
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
    АБВГДЕЖЗИЙКЛМНОПРСТУФХЦЧШЩЪЫЬЭЮЯ
    абвгдежзийклмнопрстуфхцчшщъыьэюя
400 700

A pair of related sans typefaces commissioned by Smena and AIC Media for official state and social service websites in Russia. Golos Text is designed for continuous reading, whereas Golos UI – with slightly narrower proportions and multiplexed weights – is intended more for user interface elements.

Tags: body text, sans, multiplexed, multiplexed weight, neo-grotesque, straight-sided, superellipse, woman-designed
Design:Alexandra Korolkova, Vitaly Kuzmin
Publisher:Paratype
Characters:Latin, Cyrillic
Released:2020-12-29
Licensing:Open source

STIX Two

  • STIX Two Text
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
    ΑΒΓΔΕΖΗΘΙΚΛΜΝΞΟΠΡΣΤΥΦΧΨΩ
    αβγδεζηθικλμνξοπρσςτυφχψω
    АБВГДЕЖЗИЙКЛМНОПРСТУФХЦЧШЩЪЫЬЭЮЯ
    абвгдежзийклмнопрстуфхцчшщъыьэюя
  • STIX Two Text Italic
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
    ΑΒΓΔΕΖΗΘΙΚΛΜΝΞΟΠΡΣΤΥΦΧΨΩ
    αβγδεζηθικλμνξοπρσςτυφχψω
    АБВГДЕЖЗИЙКЛМНОПРСТУФХЦЧШЩЪЫЬЭЮЯ
    абвгдежзийклмнопрстуфхцчшщъыьэюя
400 700

The Scientific and Technical Information eXchange (STIX) fonts are made to serve the scientific and engineering communities as fonts with the character support and technical functionality for use in related publications. The design is intended to be compatible with Times.

Tags: body text, serif
Design:Ross Mills, John Hudson, Tiro Typeworks, Paul Hanslow
Publisher:STI Pub
Characters:Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, Vietnamese
Released:2020-12-18
Updated:2021-05-26
Licensing:Open source

Newsreader

  • Newsreader
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
  • Newsreader Italic
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
200 800
6 72

A serif typeface designed with on-screen usage in mind.

Tags: decorative/display, body text, serif, oldstyle, optical sizes, sharp, wedge serif
Design:Hugues Gentile
Publisher:Production Type
Characters:Latin, Vietnamese
Released:2020-03-03
Updated:2020-11-26
Licensing:Open source

Fraunces

  • Fraunces
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
  • Fraunces Italic
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
9 144
100 900
0 100
0 1

​A typeface that takes cues from some early 20th-century typefaces with soft serifs, like Windsor, Cooper, and Souvenir.

Tags: decorative/display, body text, serif, Art Nouveau, cartoon, feature variations, optical sizes, phototype, rounded, soft corners, stub serifs, unusual variation, woman-designed
Design:Phaedra Charles, Flavia Zimbardi
Publisher:Undercase Type
Characters:Latin, Vietnamese
Released:2020-02-26
Licensing:Open source

Tilt

  • Tilt Neon
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
    ←↖↑↗→↘↓↙☺☹♡☆🎱🎳🔑✂👞📷🍕🍷🎵
  • Tilt Prism
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
  • Tilt Warp
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
-45 45
-45 45

A set of 3 typefaces inspired by the dimensional lettering found in storefront signage, all with similar underlying proportions and the ability to simulate rotation in multiple directions.

Tags: decorative/display, sans, geometric, dimensional, dingbats, flared/concave, gothic, inscriptional, monoline, multi-line, multiplexed, multiplexed posture, neon, outline, ornamented, rotation, rounded
Design:Andy Clymer
Publisher:Andy Clymer
Characters:Latin, Vietnamese, dingbats/emoji
Released:2020-02-01
Updated:2020-12-10
Licensing:Open source

Commissioner

  • ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
    АБВГДЕЖЗИЙКЛМНОПРСТУФХЦЧШЩЪЫЬЭЮЯ
    абвгдежзийклмнопрстуфхцчшщъыьэюя
    ΑΒΓΔΕΖΗΘΙΚΛΜΝΞΟΠΡΣΤΥΦΧΨΩ
    αβγδεζηθικλμνξοπρσςτυφχψω
100 900
-12 0
0 100
0 100

​A humanist sans with variable flaring. The Volume axis also offers more subtle adjustments to the angularity of the flaring.

Tags: body text, sans, flared/concave, inscriptional, monoline, multiplexed, multiplexed posture, retractable serifs, unusual variation
Design:Kostas Bartsokas
Publisher:Kostas Bartsokas
Characters:Latin, Cyrillic, Greek, Vietnamese
Released:2020-01-15
Updated:2020-07-21
Licensing:Open source

Homecomputer

  • Workbench
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
  • Sixtyfour
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
  • Sixtyfour (with OpenType stylistic set 02 enabled)
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
200 900
100 200

Variable interpretations of monospaced pixel fonts for the Commodore 64 and Amiga home computer systems from the 1980s, with adjustable effects to simulate artifacts of old CRT displays.

Tags: decorative/display, serif, sans, modular, monospaced, multi-line, multiplexed, multiplexed weight, ornamented, pixel, rounded, soft corners, straight-sided, unusual variation
Design:Jens Kutílek
Publisher:Jens Kutílek
Characters:Latin
Released:2019-12-19
Licensing:Open source

Manrope

  • ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
    ΑΒΓΔΕΖΗΘΙΚΛΜΝΞΟΠΡΣΤΥΦΧΨΩ
    αβγδεζηθικλμνξοπρσςτυφχψω
    АБВГДЕЖЗИЙКЛМНОПРСТУФХЦЧШЩЪЫЬЭЮЯ
    абвгдежзийклмнопрстуфхцчшщъыьэюя
200 900

​A multi-script sans.

Tags: body text, sans, monoline, neo-grotesque
Design:Mikhail Sharanda
Publisher:gent media
Characters:Latin, Greek, Cyrillic
Released:2019-12-16
Licensing:Open source

Montserrat

  • Montserrat
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
    АБВГДЕЖЗИЙКЛМНОПРСТУФХЦЧШЩЪЫЬЭЮЯ
    абвгдежзийклмнопрстуфхцчшщъыьэюя
  • Montserrat Italic
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
    АБВГДЕЖЗИЙКЛМНОПРСТУФХЦЧШЩЪЫЬЭЮЯ
    абвгдежзийклмнопрстуфхцчшщъыьэюя
100 900

​A geometric sans.

Tags: body text, sans, geometric, monoline, woman-designed
Design:Julieta Ulanovsky
Publisher:Valery Marier
Characters:Latin, Cyrillic, Vietnamese
Released:2019-11-08
Licensing:Open source

Science Gothic

  • ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
    АБВГДЕЖЗИЙКЛМНОПРСТУФХЦЧШЩЪЫЬЭЮЯ
    абвгдежзийклмнопрстуфхцчшщъыьэюя
100 900
50 200
18 122
-10 0

​A variable adaptation of Morris Fuller Benton’s Bank Gothic from the early 1930s.

Tags: decorative/display, sans, Art Deco, futuristic/sci-fi, gaspipe, gothic, inserat, monoline, multiplexed, multiplexed posture, rectangular, straight-sided
Design:Thomas Phinney, Vassil Kateliev, Brandon Buerkle
Publisher:Thomas Phinney
Characters:Latin, Cyrillic, Vietnamese
Released:2019-08-29
Updated:2020-03-19
Licensing:Open source

League Spartan Variable

  • ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
200 900

A variable version of League Spartan, The League of Movable Type’s digital interpretation of Spartan, a classic Futura knock-off originally released by American Type Founders Co.

Tags: body text, sans, geometric, woman-designed
Design:Tyler Finck, Caroline Hadilaksono, Micah Rich
Publisher:The League of Moveable Type
Characters:Latin
Released:2019-07-15
Licensing:Open source

Recursive

  • ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
0 1
0 1
300 1000
-15 0
0 1

A variable type system for code and user interface design, with the option to vary between monospaced and proportional glyph widths, as well as standard tech-y forms and expressive brush-like forms.

Tags: decorative/display, body text, sans, script, brush, code, feature variations, monospaced, multiplexed, multiplexed posture, multiplexed weight, plump/convex, quantized, straight-sided, unusual variation, upright italic, upright script
Design:Stephen Nixon
Publisher:Arrow Type
Characters:Latin, Vietnamese
Released:2019-06-19
Updated:2021-04-01
Licensing:Open source

Width & Vertical Width VF

  • かなABC漢字
    あAB漢字12
1 1000
1 1000

A special-purpose font that demonstrates the relationships between variable “width” axes for use with different writing directions. For example, horizontal layout is typical with Western characters (represented as hollow rectangles in this font), but vertical layout is often used with some Asian characters (represented as solid rectangles), and it’s possible to combine aspects of both in different ways. This can make the relationship between different glyphs’ width, height, and rotation complicated. Ken Lunde explains more in the article introducing the font.

Tags: CFF, dingbats, proof of concept, monospaced, polygonal, rectangular, straight-sided, unusual variation
Design:Ken Lunde
Publisher:Adobe
Characters:dingbats/emoji, Pan-Unicode
Released:2019-06-19
Licensing:Open source

White On Black VF

  • White On Black VF
  • Black On White VF
1 1000

White On Black VF is a special-purpose variable font with just one glyph (㊎) demonstrating an issue related to the non-zero winding rule used for rendering fonts. The issue is especially problematic when negative glyphs are reversed out of a positive background shape. The weight axis also shows how the technique for avoiding the problem with static fonts – removing overlaps – isn’t a viable solution for variable fonts because the topology of overlapping shapes may change across variations. The counterpart font, Black On White VF, is made with the same shapes but with an additional circular path, showing how the issue is not present with more typical positive-on-negative glyphs. The fonts were produced by Ken Lunde using a glyph designed by Ryoko Nishizuka.

Tags: sans, CFF, dingbats, proof of concept, multiplexed, woman-designed
Design:Ryoko Nishizuka
Publisher:Adobe
Characters:East Asian / CJK
Released:2019-05-28
Licensing:Open source

Adobe Blank VF & Friends

  • Adobe Blank VF
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
  • Adobe Black VF
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
0 1000
0 1000

A set of special-purpose variable fonts based on Adobe Blank and Adobe Blank 2, intended to render all Unicode characters / code points using variable glyphs. Adobe Blank VF renders all code points with empty space, and Adobe Black VF renders them with a variable rectangle. The “2” versions of the fonts are produced in a way that is more data-efficient, but may not be supported in all environments. In those cases, the plain Adobe Blank VF and Adobe Black VF fonts can be used. Ken Lunde explains more in the article about the fonts.

Tags: CFF, dingbats, monospaced, polygonal, rectangular, straight-sided, unusual variation
Design:Ken Lunde
Publisher:Adobe
Characters:dingbats/emoji, Pan-Unicode
Released:2019-05-06
Updated:2019-06-19
Licensing:Open source

Public Sans VF

  • Public Sans VF
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
  • Public Sans VF Italic
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
100 900

An adaptation of Libre Franklin, produced as part of the US Web Design System to function as a “neutral typeface for interfaces, text, and headings”.

Tags: body text, sans, gothic
Design:Dan O. Williams, US Web Design System, Rodrigo Fuenzalida, Pablo Impallari
Publisher:US Web Design System
Characters:Latin, Vietnamese
Released:2019-04-15
Licensing:Open source

Lexend

  • ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
0 100

A geometric sans, derived from Andrew Paglinawan’s Quicksand type family, that claims to “significantly improve reading-proficiency” (though the research behind such claims is questionable and/or misleading).

Tags: body text, sans, geometric, woman-designed
Design:Bonnie Shaver-Troup, Thomas Jockin
Publisher:Thomas Jockin
Characters:Latin, Vietnamese
Released:2019-04-09
Licensing:Open source

IBM Plex Sans Variable

  • IBM Plex Sans Variable
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
  • IBM Plex Sans Variable Italic
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
100 700
85 100

A variable incarnation of the sans-serif styles from IBM’s Plex type series.

Tags: body text, sans, feature variations, neo-grotesque, pinched joints
Design:Mike Abbink, Bold Monday, Paul van der Laan, Pieter van Rosmalen
Publisher:IBM
Characters:Latin, Vietnamese
Released:2019-04-08
Licensing:Open source

TINY

  • ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
0 300

A mostly-monospaced dot-matrix typeface based on the smallest type size of 5 dots on the HandJet EBS-250 hand-held printer. Includes several sets of stylistic alternate glyphs, with different dot configurations and widths.

Tags: decorative/display, sans, modular, monospaced, multiplexed, multiplexed weight, pixel, quantized, spurless, straight-sided
Design:Jack Halten Fahnestock
Publisher:Velvetyne Type Foundry
Characters:Latin, dingbats/emoji
Released:2019-04-04
Licensing:Open source

Graduate

  • ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
40 200
100 800
8 16
0 20
750 850
0 100
100 800
0 30
0 50
650 750
0 50
-20 0

A slab serif styled after classic letterman / varsity style lettering, with some variation axes adopted from the Type Network parametric axes proposal.

Tags: decorative/display, slab serif, all caps, chamfered, horizontal stress, monoline, multiplexed, multiplexed weight, optical sizes, polygonal, rectangular, straight-sided
Design:Eduardo Tunni
Publisher:Eduardo Tunni
Characters:Latin
Released:2019-03-26
Licensing:Open source

Fira Code

  • ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
    ΑΒΓΔΕΖΗΘΙΚΛΜΝΞΟΠΡΣΤΥΦΧΨΩ
    αβγδεζηθικλμνξοπρσςτυφχψω
    АБВГДЕЖЗИЙКЛМНОПРСТУФХЦЧШЩЪЫЬЭЮЯ
    абвгдежзийклмнопрстуфхцчшщъыьэюя
300 700

A monospaced typeface intended for code and programming, based on Mozilla’s Fira typeface. It includes a set of ligatures for character combinations commonly used in programming. The variable version was contributed by Stephen Nixon.

Tags: body text, sans, some serifs, code, monospaced, multiplexed, multiplexed weight
Design:Carrois Studio, Edenspiekermann, Nikita Prokopov
Publisher:Nikita Prokopov
Characters:Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, dingbats/emoji
Released:2019-03-25
Licensing:Open source

Source Han VF Proto

  • Source Han VF Proto
    No sample available
  • Source Han Serif VF Proto
    No sample available
  • Source Han Sans VF Proto
    No sample available
200 900
75 100

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.

Tags: serif, sans, CFF, proof of concept
Design:Adobe
Publisher:Adobe
Characters:East Asian / CJK, Hangul, Latin, Cyrillic, Greek, dingbats/emoji, Vietnamese
Released:2019-02-01
Licensing:Open source