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optical sizes

Optical size variations are adjustments to the design of a typeface that improve its functionality at a specific size or range of sizes. Some of the fonts listed here offer a fluidly variable optical size axis, while others split the variants into separate font files, each covering a general range of sizes.

Variable fonts tagged with “optical sizes”

53 results

Helvetica Now Variable

  • Helvetica Now Variable
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
  • Helvetica Now Variable Italic
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
50 1000
50 100
4 30

A variable incarnation of Monotype’s Helvetica Now series.

Tags: decorative/display, body text, sans, feature variations, ink traps, monoline, multiplexed, multiplexed posture, neo-grotesque, optical sizes
Design:Max Miedinger, Charles Nix, Friedrich Althausen, Emilios Theofanous, Malou Verlomme, Jan Hendrik Weber, Monotype Studio
Publisher:Monotype
Characters:Latin
Released:2021-07-13
Licensing:Paid/commercial

SF Arabic

  • أبجد هوز حطي كلمن سعفص قرشت ثخذ ضظغ
1 1000
17 80

SF Arabic is an extension of Apple’s San Francisco type series, used as the Arabic system font on Apple platforms. It is a “contemporary interpretation of the Naskh style with a rational and flexible design”.

Tags: body text, sans, monoline, optical sizes
Design:Apple
Publisher:Apple
Characters:Arabic
Released:2021-06-08
Licensing:Bundled

Fern Variable

  • Fern Variable
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
  • Fern Variable Italic
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
400 800
8 12

A chunky Venetian-style serif typeface intended for on-screen reading.

Tags: body text, serif, oldstyle, optical sizes, wedge serif
Design:David Jonathan Ross
Publisher:DJR, Font of the Month Club
Characters:Latin, Vietnamese
Released:2021-06-01
Licensing:Trial, Paid/commercial

GT Maru VF

  • GT Maru Mega
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
  • GT Maru
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
  • GT Maru Mono
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
25 175
300 900
0 7

A rounded sans inspired by Latin glyphs in Japanese signage and engraved lettering, with an accompanying bubbly display face.

Tags: decorative/display, body text, sans, geometric, cartoon, dimensional, monoline, monospaced, multiplexed, multiplexed posture, multiplexed weight, optical sizes, ornamented, plump/convex, rounded
Design:Thierry Blancpain
Publisher:Grilli Type
Characters:Latin
Released:2021-04-27
Licensing:Trial, Paid/commercial

Zénith Var

  • Zénith Var
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
    АБВГДЕЖЗИЙКЛМНОПРСТУФХЦЧШЩЪЫЬЭЮЯ
    абвгдежзийклмнопрстуфхцчшщъыьэюя
  • Zénith Var Italic
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
    АБВГДЕЖЗИЙКЛМНОПРСТУФХЦЧШЩЪЫЬЭЮЯ
    абвгдежзийклмнопрстуфхцчшщъыьэюя
400 700
20 100

A digital interpretation of Zeno (originally cut by Charles Malin for Officina Bodoni, circa 1936) with added support for Cyrillic.

Tags: decorative/display, body text, serif, oldstyle, optical sizes
Design:Matthieu Cortat
Publisher:205TF
Characters:Latin, Cyrillic
Released:2020-11-26
Licensing:Trial, Paid/commercial

Lektorat Var

  • Lektorat Display Var
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
  • Lektorat Text Var
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
  • Lektorat Text Var Oblique
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
200 900
62 87

A text+display sans family geared toward editorial design.

Tags: decorative/display, body text, sans, closed in, grotesque, inserat, neo-grotesque, optical sizes, pinched joints, straight-sided, superellipse
Design:Florian Fecher
Publisher:TypeTogether
Characters:Latin
Released:2020-10-28
Licensing:Paid/commercial

Case VAR

  • Case VAR
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
  • Case VAR Italic
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
100 900
4 60

A sans with size-specific adjustments going down to extra-small sizes.

Tags: body text, sans, some serifs, feature variations, monoline, neo-grotesque, optical sizes, woman-designed
Design:Erik Spiekermann, Anja Meiners, Ralph du Carrois
Publisher:Fontwerk
Characters:Latin
Released:2020-10-12
Licensing:Trial, Paid/commercial

Swear Variable

  • Swear Variable
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
  • Swear Variable Italic
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
  • Swear Cilati Variable
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
0 1000
0 1000

​A sharp serif typeface with two separate italic styles – one with a fairly traditional structure and another where the placement of weight shifts around for more horizontal stress. Offered with discounted pricing while it’s still a work in progress.

Tags: decorative/display, body text, serif, fat-face, horizontal stress, optical sizes, phototype, pinched joints, sharp, wavy/wiggly
Design:James T. Edmondson
Publisher:OH no Type Co.
Characters:Latin
Released:2020-08-24
Updated:2020-11-17
Licensing:Paid/commercial

Mon Nicolette Variable

  • ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
70 190
70 190

​A digital adaptation of W.A. Dwiggins’ unreleased upright italic typeface, Charter.

Tags: decorative/display, serif, calligraphic, fat-face, optical sizes, pinched joints, swash, teardrop terminals, upright italic
Design:Cristobal Henestrosa, Oscar Yañez
Publisher:Sudtipos
Characters:Latin, Vietnamese
Released:2020-07-07
Licensing:Paid/commercial

SF Compact

  • SF Compact
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
    ΑΒΓΔΕΖΗΘΙΚΛΜΝΞΟΠΡΣΤΥΦΧΨΩ
    αβγδεζηθικλμνξοπρσςτυφχψω
    АБВГДЕЖЗИЙКЛМНОПРСТУФХЦЧШЩЪЫЬЭЮЯ
    абвгдежзийклмнопрстуфхцчшщъыьэюя
  • SF Compact Italic
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
    ΑΒΓΔΕΖΗΘΙΚΛΜΝΞΟΠΡΣΤΥΦΧΨΩ
    αβγδεζηθικλμνξοπρσςτυφχψω
    АБВГДЕЖЗИЙКЛМНОПРСТУФХЦЧШЩЪЫЬЭЮЯ
    абвгдежзийклмнопрстуфхцчшщъыьэюя
  • A selection of SF Compact’s dingbats/emoji
    ⇪⌃⌅⌘⌥⌦⌧⌫⎇⎋⎓⏎⏏⏻⏼⏽⏾ⒶⒷⒸⒹⒺⒻⒼⒽⒾⒿⓀⓁⓂⓃⓄⓅⓆⓇⓈⓉⓊⓋⓌⓍⓎⓏ☂★☆☑☒✚☮☾♠♡♢♣♤♥♦♧⚀⚁⚂⚃⚄⚅⚠⚬✈✌✓✗❄❛❜❝❞⬒⬓⬡⬢⭘🄰🄱🄲🄳🄴🄵🄶🄷🄸🄹🄺🄻🄼🄽🄾🄿🅀🅁🅂🅃🅄🅅🅆🅇🅈🅉🅐🅑🅒🅓🅔🅕🅖🅗🅘🅙🅚🅛🅜🅝🅞🅟🅠🅡🅢🅣🅤🅥🅦🅧🅨🅩🅰🅱🅲🅳🅴🅵🅶🅷🅸🅹🅺🅻🅼🅽🅾🅿🆀🆁🆂🆃🆄🆅🆆🆇🆈🆉🐇🐉🐍🐏🐔🐖🐭🐮🐯🐱🐴🐵🐶🐻👊👍👻👽👾💀💩😀😘😜😬🤖🤟🦄
19 20
1 1000

Part of Apple’s San Francisco type series, SF Compact is similar to SF Pro but has more compact proportions for efficiency in small sizes and narrow columns. It is the system font for watchOS.

Tags: body text, sans, dingbats, monoline, neo-grotesque, optical sizes
Design:Apple
Publisher:Apple
Characters:Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, Vietnamese, dingbats/emoji
Released:2020-06-22
Updated:2021-06-08
Licensing:Bundled

New York

  • New York
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
    ΑΒΓΔΕΖΗΘΙΚΛΜΝΞΟΠΡΣΤΥΦΧΨΩ
    αβγδεζηθικλμνξοπρσςτυφχψω
    АБВГДЕЖЗИЙКЛМНОПРСТУФХЦЧШЩЪЫЬЭЮЯ
    абвгдежзийклмнопрстуфхцчшщъыьэюя
  • New York Italic
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
    ΑΒΓΔΕΖΗΘΙΚΛΜΝΞΟΠΡΣΤΥΦΧΨΩ
    αβγδεζηθικλμνξοπρσςτυφχψω
    АБВГДЕЖЗИЙКЛМНОПРСТУФХЦЧШЩЪЫЬЭЮЯ
    абвгдежзийклмнопрстуфхцчшщъыьэюя
12 256
400 1000

New York is a serif companion to Apple’s San Franciso type series.

Tags: decorative/display, body text, serif, ball terminals, fat-face, optical sizes
Design:Apple
Publisher:Apple
Characters:Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, Vietnamese
Released:2020-06-22
Updated:2021-06-08
Licensing:Bundled

Atyp

  • ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
    ΑΒΓΔΕΖΗΘΙΚΛΜΝΞΟΠΡΣΤΥΦΧΨΩ
    αβγδεζηθικλμνξοπρσςτυφχψω
    АБВГДЕЖЗИЙКЛМНОПРСТУФХЦЧШЩЪЫЬЭЮЯ
    абвгдежзийклмнопрстуфхцчшщъыьэюя
40 160
0 100
0 100

​A geometric sans with the option to exaggerate details where strokes meet.

Tags: sans, geometric, multiplexed, multiplexed posture, optical sizes, pinched joints, vertex spread
Design:Tomáš Brousil
Publisher:Suitcase Type Foundry
Characters:Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, Vietnamese
Released:2020-05-07
Licensing:Paid/commercial

Degular Variable

  • ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
0 1000
0 10
0 1000

James Edmondson’s take on a general-purpose “boring” sans.

Tags: decorative/display, body text, sans, geometric, feature variations, gothic, ink traps, monoline, multiplexed, neo-grotesque, optical sizes, phototype, pinched joints
Design:James T. Edmondson
Publisher:OH no Type Co.
Characters:Latin
Released:2020-04-01
Licensing:Paid/commercial

Larga Var

  • Larga Var
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ 0123456789
  • Larga Sans Var
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ 0123456789
0 100
0 100

​A wide slab-and-sans pair, inspired by typefaces in 1874 specimens from Fundição Typographica Portuense.

Tags: decorative/display, slab serif, sans, all caps, gothic, monoline, optical sizes, thick-and-thin, Victorian, wood type
Design:Dino dos Santos, Pedro Leal
Publisher:DSType
Characters:Latin
Released:2020-03-23
Licensing:Paid/commercial

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

29LT Zarid Serif

  • 29LT Zarid Display Variable
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
    أبجد هوز حطي كلمن سعفص قرشت ثخذ ضظغ
  • 29LT Zarid Serif Variable
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
    أبجد هوز حطي كلمن سعفص قرشت ثخذ ضظغ
  • 29LT Zarid Serif Slanted Variable
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
    أبجد هوز حطي كلمن سعفص قرشت ثخذ ضظغ
  • 29LT Zarid Text Variable
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
    أبجد هوز حطي كلمن سعفص قرشت ثخذ ضظغ
  • 29LT Zarid Text Slanted Variable
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
    أبجد هوز حطي كلمن سعفص قرشت ثخذ ضظغ
100 900

The Serif members of the larger Zarid series that also includes Slab and Sans counterparts.

Pascal Zoghbi designed the Arabic components. For the Latin: Display and Text Upright were designed by Ramiro Espinoza; Serif Upright was designed by Ramiro Espinoza & Khajag Apelian; Serif Slanted and Text Slanted were designed by Jan Fromm.

Tags: decorative/display, body text, serif, directional serifs, optical sizes, sharp, wedge serif
Design:Pascal Zoghbi, Ramiro Espinoza, Jan Fromm, Khajag Apelian
Publisher:29LT
Characters:Latin, Arabic
Released:2020-01-22
Licensing:Paid/commercial

GT Alpina

  • GT Alpina
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
  • GT Alpina Italic
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
  • GT Alpina Typewriter
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
  • GT Alpina Typewriter Italic
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
  • A selection of GT Alpina’s dingbats/emoji
    ☕☜☝☞☟✊✋✌👆👇👈👉👊👋👍🖐🖕🙌🤙🤚🤞🌚🌝🌞
    🌀🌐🌑🌒🌓🌔🌕🌖🌗🌘✆❔❕⚐⚑📤📥🔝➢➣➳➿⬠⬡⬦⬨⬪⬫⬭⬯⭒⭔
    ①②③④⑤⑥⑦⑧⑨⓪⓿❶❷❸❹❺❻❼❽❾
    ←↑→↓↔↕↖↗↘↙↤↥↦↧↩↪↫↬↯↰↱↲↳↴↶↷🔄↺↻⇄⇅⇆⇇⇈⇉⇊⇐⇑⇒⇓⇔⇕⇖⇗⇘⇙⇵
200 700
0 1000
0 1000

​A serif type series with quirky details. Each font includes a set of variable dingbats/emoji.

Tags: decorative/display, body text, serif, ball terminals, dingbats, monospaced, multiplexed, multiplexed weight, optical sizes, overbite/underbite, soft corners
Design:Reto Moser
Publisher:Grilli Type
Characters:Latin, dingbats/emoji
Released:2020-01-15
Updated:2020-12-02
Licensing:Paid/commercial

Gimlet Variable

  • ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
8 48
300 900
64 100
0 1

​A distinctive serif typeface inspired by Georg Trump’s Schadow. A beta version of the variable font was quietly included in the Font of the Month Club files for Gimlet X-ray.

Tags: decorative/display, body text, serif, slab serif, feature variations, optical sizes
Design:David Jonathan Ross
Publisher:DJR, Font of the Month Club
Characters:Latin
Released:2020-01-01
Licensing:Trial, Paid/commercial

Sole Serif

  • Sole Serif Titling
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
  • Sole Serif Titling Italic
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
  • Sole Serif Small
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
  • Sole Serif Small Italic
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
200 900
0 1000

​A serif typeface originally made for newspaper use, inspired by the work of Francesco Griffo. It’s a companion to Sole Sans.

Tags: decorative/display, body text, serif, calligraphic, fat-face, oldstyle, optical sizes, pinched joints
Design:Luciano Perondi
Publisher:Cast Type Foundry
Characters:Latin
Released:2019-11-26
Licensing:Trial, Paid/commercial

FS Kim VF

  • FS Kim VF
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
  • FS Kim VF Italic
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
10 100
400 900

​A stylish wedge-serif typeface.

Tags: decorative/display, body text, serif, inscriptional, optical sizes, phototype, sharp, wedge serif, woman-designed
Design:Krista Radoeva
Publisher:Fontsmith Ltd.
Characters:Latin
Released:2019-10-29
Licensing:Trial, Paid/commercial

Adelphi PE Variable

  • ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
    ΑΒΓΔΕΖΗΘΙΚΛΜΝΞΟΠΡΣΤΥΦΧΨΩ
    αβγδεζηθικλμνξοπρσςτυφχψω
    АБВГДЕЖЗИЙКЛМНОПРСТУФХЦЧШЩЪЫЬЭЮЯ
    абвгдежзийклмнопрстуфхцчшщъыьэюя
100 900
6 18
-9.5 0

​A geometric sans with a dash of soft humanist influences. The italic is multiplexed with the upright, so changes to the slant axis don’t change line lengths.

Tags: body text, sans, geometric, feature variations, multiplexed, multiplexed posture, optical sizes
Design:Nick Job
Publisher:Rosetta Type Foundry
Characters:Latin, Greek, Cyrillic
Released:2019-10-29
Licensing:Trial, Paid/commercial