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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

Clavichord Variable

  • AaBbCcDdEeFfGgHhIiJjKkLlMmNnOoPpQqRrSsTtUuVvWwXxYyZz 0123456789
76 332

An elaborately curly blackletter with extremely thin hairlines, inspired by a 19th-century typeface called Cuneiform. The optical size axis allows for a consistent hairline thickness of 0.5 point for font sizes from 76 through 332 points.

Tags: decorative/display, serif, script, blackletter, calligraphic, optical sizes, ornamented, sharp, swash, Victorian
Design:David Jonathan Ross
Publisher:DJR, Font of the Month Club
Characters:Latin, Vietnamese
Released:2019-10-01
Licensing:Trial, Paid/commercial

Molitor Variable

  • Molitor Variable
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
  • Molitor Variable Italic
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
100 200
100 600

A geometric sans inspired by French Art Deco lettering.

Tags: decorative/display, sans, geometric, Art Deco, monoline, optical sizes, overbite/underbite
Design:Matthieu Cortat
Publisher:205TF
Characters:Latin
Released:2019-09-26
Licensing:Trial, Paid/commercial

Adapter

  • Adapter PE
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
    ΑΒΓΔΕΖΗΘΙΚΛΜΝΞΟΠΡΣΤΥΦΧΨΩ
    αβγδεζηθικλμνξοπρσςτυφχψω
    АБВГДЕЖЗИЙКЛМНОПРСТУФХЦЧШЩЪЫЬЭЮЯ
    абвгдежзийклмнопрстуфхцчшщъыьэюя
  • Adapter Hebrew
    אבגדהוזחטיכלמנסעפצקרשת
  • Adapter Arabic
    أبجد هوز حطي كلمن سعفص قرشت ثخذ ضظغ
4 18
100 900
-10 0

A simple sans with Pan-European character support. Expansions were released for Hebrew on November 26, 2019, and Arabic on March 11, 2020.

Tags: body text, sans, feature variations, multiplexed, multiplexed posture, neo-grotesque, optical sizes, woman-designed
Design:William Montrose, Sláva Jevčinová, David Březina
Publisher:Rosetta Type Foundry
Characters:Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, Vietnamese, Hebrew, Arabic
Released:2019-05-21
Updated:2020-03-10
Licensing:Trial, Paid/commercial

Antonia Variable

  • Antonia Variable
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
  • Antonia Variable Italic
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
300 900
8 48

A serif typeface with a large range of optical size variation, for everything from small body text to extra-large headlines. It’s the first variable font release from Typejockeys.

Tags: decorative/display, body text, serif, optical sizes, phototype, woman-designed
Design:Franziska Weitgruber, Michael Hochleitner
Publisher:Typejockeys
Characters:Latin
Released:2019-05-15
Licensing:Paid/commercial

Gimlet Variable Bold Condensed

  • ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
48 144

A variable version of Gimlet covering a range of extra-large optical sizes for the Condensed Bold style, beyond the optical sizes available in the standard retail release.

Tags: decorative/display, serif, optical sizes
Design:David Jonathan Ross
Publisher:DJR, Font of the Month Club
Characters:Latin, Vietnamese
Released:2019-04-01
Licensing:Trial, Paid/commercial

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

Nobilis

  • ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
    ΑΒΓΔΕΖΗΘΙΚΛΜΝΞΟΠΡΣΤΥΦΧΨΩ
    αβγδεζηθικλμνξοπρσςτυφχψω
    АБВГДЕЖЗИЙКЛМНОПРСТУФХЦЧШЩЪЫЬЭЮЯ
    абвгдежзийклмнопрстуфхцчшщъыьэюя
0 1000

​A high-contrast sans to go with the larger Slab series. Text-centric variants are also available as non-variable fonts.

Tags: decorative/display, sans, optical sizes, soft corners, thick-and-thin
Design:George Triantafyllakos
Publisher:Atypical
Characters:Latin, Greek, Cyrillic
Released:2018-12-05
Licensing:Paid/commercial

Portada Variable

  • Portada Variable
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
  • Portada Variable Italic
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
100 1000
14 36

A variable version of Portada, produced by Irene Vlachou. The variable font is included when licensing the full Portada family.

Tags: body text, serif, feature variations, optical sizes, woman-designed
Design:Veronika Burian, José Scaglione
Publisher:TypeTogether
Characters:Latin
Released:2018-12-04
Licensing:Paid/commercial

Marvin Visions

  • ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ 0123456789
    АБВГДЕЖЗИЙКЛМНОПРСТУФХЦЧШЩЪЫЬЭЮЯ
20 170
80 100

​A reinterpretation and expansion of Marvin, Michael Chave’s 1969 phototypesetting typeface. The new design was initially developed for use in Visions, a science-fiction magazine.

Tags: decorative/display, sans, geometric, all caps, futuristic/sci-fi, optical sizes, phototype
Design:Mathieu Triay
Publisher:Atelier Triay
Characters:Latin, Cyrillic
Released:2018-12-03
Licensing:Trial, Paid/commercial, Free for non-commercial use

Ohno Blazeface Variable

  • AaBbCcDdEeFfGgHhIiJjKkLlMmNnOoPpQqRrSsTtUuVvWwXxYyZz 0123456789
0 1000

​A contemporary fat-face with variations for use in a wide range of sizes. Offered with discounted pricing while it’s still a work in progress.

Tags: decorative/display, serif, ball terminals, fat-face, optical sizes, phototype, pinched joints, psychedelic, soft corners, swash
Design:James T. Edmondson
Publisher:OH no Type Co.
Characters:Latin
Released:2018-09-13
Updated:2019-01-14
Licensing:Paid/commercial

Bradley DJR Variable

  • ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
6 60

​A revival of American Type Founders’ 1895 typeface, Bradley. The original, based on lettering by Will H. Bradley, is usually credited to Hermann Ihlenburg. This digital version’s optical size axis covers the full range of original sizes, as far down as 6 points – rare for digital blackletter typefaces – plus a handful of stylistic alternate glyphs.

Tags: decorative/display, blackletter, Arts & Crafts, calligraphic, feature variations, optical sizes, soft corners
Design:David Jonathan Ross
Publisher:DJR, Font of the Month Club
Characters:Latin, Vietnamese
Released:2018-09-01
Licensing:Trial, Paid/commercial

Eckmannpsych Variable

  • ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
0 1000

​A psychedelic interpretation of Otto Eckmann’s Eckmann-Schrift, available with discounted pricing as a work-in-progress design. It comes with a bonus DrawBot script for making variable animations.

Tags: decorative/display, Art Nouveau, flared/concave, optical sizes, psychedelic, soft corners
Design:James T. Edmondson
Publisher:OH no Type Co.
Characters:Latin
Released:2018-04-04
Updated:2018-10-17
Licensing:Paid/commercial

Protipo Variable

  • Protipo Variable Compact
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
  • Protipo Variable
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
  • Protipo Variable Italic
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
-300 1000
0 650

​A typeface designed for use in informational design. Production of the variable fonts was handled by Irene Vlachou.

Tags: decorative/display, body text, sans, feature variations, inserat, neo-grotesque, optical sizes
Design:José Scaglione, Veronika Burian
Publisher:TypeTogether
Characters:Latin
Released:2018-03-05
Licensing:Trial, Paid/commercial

Output Sans Hairlines Variable

  • Output Sans Hairlines Variable
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
  • Output Sans Hairlines Variable (with OpenType stylistic sets 02, 04, and 07 enabled)
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
34 166

​A variable font for the thinnest weights of DJR’s Output type family, made available to members of the Font of the Month Club. With the optical size axis, it’s possible to maintain a consistent stroke weight across multiple sizes.

Tags: decorative/display, sans, monoline, neo-grotesque, optical sizes, unusual variation
Design:David Jonathan Ross
Publisher:DJR, Font of the Month Club
Characters:Latin, Vietnamese
Released:2018-03-01
Licensing:Trial, Paid/commercial

Minion Variable Concept

⚠️ Notice: This variable typeface is only available as CFF-flavored variable fonts. As such, the samples here will appear broken or static unless viewed with a browser that supports CFF-flavored variable fonts (the latest desktop versions of Opera and Chrome work well).

  • Minion Variable Concept
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
  • Minion Variable Concept Italic
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
400 700
6 36

A variable version of Adobe’s Minion 3 with a basic Latin character set. It comes bundled with Illustrator CC and Photoshop CC apps.

Tags: body text, serif, CFF, optical sizes
Design:Robert Slimbach
Publisher:Adobe
Characters:Latin
Released:2017-10-19
Updated:2018-10-15
Licensing:Bundled

Source Serif Variable

  • Source Serif Variable
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
    ΑΒΓΔΕΖΗΘΙΚΛΜΝΞΟΠΡΣΤΥΦΧΨΩ
    αβγδεζηθικλμνξοπρσςτυφχψω
    АБВГДЕЖЗИЙКЛМНОПРСТУФХЦЧШЩЪЫЬЭЮЯ
    абвгдежзийклмнопрстуфхцчшщъыьэюя
  • Source Serif Variable Italic
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
    ΑΒΓΔΕΖΗΘΙΚΛΜΝΞΟΠΡΣΤΥΦΧΨΩ
    αβγδεζηθικλμνξοπρσςτυφχψω
    АБВГДЕЖЗИЙКЛМНОПРСТУФХЦЧШЩЪЫЬЭЮЯ
    абвгдежзийклмнопрстуфхцчшщъыьэюя
200 900
8 60

The variable version of Adobe’s Source Serif Pro, a contemporary interpretation of Pierre-Simon Fournier’s 18th-century typefaces. It comes bundled with Creative Cloud apps and is also available as an open source font. The design is by Frank Grießhammer, with contributions from Reymund Schroeder, Emilios Theofanous, Thomas Thiemich, and Irene Vlachou.

Tags: body text, serif, ball terminals, CFF, optical sizes, teardrop terminals
Design:Frank Grießhammer
Publisher:Adobe
Characters:Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, Vietnamese
Released:2017-08-18
Updated:2021-01-25
Licensing:Open source, Bundled

Amstelvar

  • Amstelvar
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
    АБВГДЕЖЗИЙКЛМНОПРСТУФХЦЧШЩЪЫЬЭЮЯ
    абвгдежзийклмнопрстуфхцчшщъыьэюя
    ΑΒΓΔΕΖΗΘΙΚΛΜΝΞΟΠΡΣΤΥΦΧΨΩ
    αβγδεζηθικλμνξοπρσςτυφχψω
  • Amstelvar Italic
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
    АБВГДЕЖЗИЙКЛМНОПРСТУФХЦЧШЩЪЫЬЭЮЯ
    абвгдежзийклмнопрстуфхцчшщъыьэюя
    ΑΒΓΔΕΖΗΘΙΚΛΜΝΞΟΠΡΣΤΥΦΧΨΩ
    αβγδεζηθικλμνξοπρσςτυφχψω
100 900
50 125
8 144
-300 500
324 640
18 263
15 132
420 570
500 1000
500 983
-500 -138
425 1000

​Amstelvar is an exercise in variable weight, contrast, and proportions. Positive and negative forms can be manipulated as separate axes, as well as a large array of other variables. It is an experimental work in progress so can produce unusual results.

Tags: decorative/display, body text, serif, slab serif, consistent counters, fat-face, proof of concept, multiplexed, multiplexed weight, optical sizes, retractable extenders, retractable serifs, sharp, unusual variation, wedge serif
Design:David Berlow
Publisher:Font Bureau
Characters:Latin, Cyrillic, Greek, Vietnamese
Released:2016-12-16
Updated:2021-06-03
Licensing:Open source

Voto Serif GX

  • ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
    ΑΒΓΔΕΖΗΘΙΚΛΜΝΞΟΠΡΣΤΥΦΧΨΩ
    αβγδεζηθικλμνξοπρσςτυφχψω
    АБВГДЕЖЗИЙКЛМНОПРСТУФХЦЧШЩЪЫЬЭЮЯ
    абвгдежзийклмнопрстуфхцчшщъыьэюя
50 130
28 194
12 72

A variable font based on Noto Serif & Noto Serif Display.

Tags: body text, serif, optical sizes
Design:Monotype, Adam Twardoch
Publisher:Adam Twardoch
Characters:Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, Vietnamese
Released:2016-11-25
Licensing:Open source

Zeitung

  • Zeitung VF
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
  • Zeitung VF Italic
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
100 900
8 20

An OpenType variable font counterpart to Underware’s Zeitung Flex. (It is currently the typeface used for the interface of this website.)

Tags: body text, sans, feature variations, optical sizes
Design:Underware
Publisher:Underware
Characters:Latin
Released:2016-11-17
Updated:2019-02-14
Licensing:Paid/commercial

SF Pro

  • SF Pro
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
    ΑΒΓΔΕΖΗΘΙΚΛΜΝΞΟΠΡΣΤΥΦΧΨΩ
    αβγδεζηθικλμνξοπρσςτυφχψω
    АБВГДЕЖЗИЙКЛМНОПРСТУФХЦЧШЩЪЫЬЭЮЯ
    абвгдежзийклмнопрстуфхцчшщъыьэюя
  • SF Pro Italic
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
    ΑΒΓΔΕΖΗΘΙΚΛΜΝΞΟΠΡΣΤΥΦΧΨΩ
    αβγδεζηθικλμνξοπρσςτυφχψω
    АБВГДЕЖЗИЙКЛМНОПРСТУФХЦЧШЩЪЫЬЭЮЯ
    абвгдежзийклмнопрстуфхцчшщъыьэюя
  • A selection of SF Pro’s dingbats/emoji
    ⇪⌀⌃⌅⌘⌥⌦⌧⌫⎇⎋⎓⏎⏏⏻⏼⏽⏾ⒶⒷⒸⒹⒺⒻⒼⒽⒾⒿⓀⓁⓂⓃⓄⓅⓆⓇⓈⓉⓊⓋⓌⓍⓎⓏ
    ☂★☆☑☒✚☮☾♠♡♢♣♤♥♦♧⚀⚁⚂⚃⚄⚅⚠⚬✈✌✓✗❄❛❜❝❞⬒⬓⬡⬢⭘
    🄰🄱🄲🄳🄴🄵🄶🄷🄸🄹🄺🄻🄼🄽🄾🄿🅀🅁🅂🅃🅄🅅🅆🅇🅈🅉🅐🅑🅒🅓🅔🅕🅖🅗🅘🅙🅚🅛🅜🅝🅞🅟🅠🅡🅢🅣🅤🅥🅦🅧🅨🅩🅰🅱🅲🅳🅴🅵🅶🅷🅸🅹🅺🅻🅼🅽🅾🅿🆀🆁🆂🆃🆄🆅🆆🆇🆈🆉
    🐇🐉🐍🐏🐔🐖🐭🐮🐯🐱🐴🐵🐶🐻👊👍👻👽👾💀💩😀😘😜😬🤖🤟🦄
17 28
1 1000

SF Pro is the core of Apple’s San Francisco type series. It is the system font for macOS, iOS, iPad OS, and tvOS.

Tags: body text, sans, dingbats, monoline, neo-grotesque, optical sizes
Design:Apple
Publisher:Apple
Characters:Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, Vietnamese, dingbats/emoji
Released:2015-06-12
Updated:2021-06-08
Licensing:Bundled