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unusual variation

Typefaces that use font variation technology for design characteristics beyond the typical implementations of weight, width, slant, etc.

Variable fonts tagged with “unusual variation”

90 results

Studio Feixen Sans Variable

  • Studio Feixen Sans Variable
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
  • Studio Feixen Sans Edgy Variable
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
100 400
-100 100

​A geometric sans with adjustable weirdness.

Tags: decorative/display, sans, geometric, bent strokes, irregular widths, monoline, raw geometry, rectangular, unusual variation, vertex spread
Design:Studio Feixen
Publisher:Studio Feixen
Characters:Latin (limited)
Released:2019-10-31
Licensing:Trial, Paid/commercial

FS Kitty VF

  • FS Kitty VF
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ 0123456789
  • FS Kitty Outline VF
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ 0123456789
1 1000
1 1000

​A bubbly display face with separate fonts that can be layered for multi-color / outline effects.

Tags: decorative/display, sans, all caps, cartoon, chromatic, modular, multi-line, multiplexed, multiplexed weight, outline, ornamented, phototype, plump/convex, rounded, shade, unusual variation
Design:Phil Garnham, Jason Smith
Publisher:Fontsmith Ltd.
Characters:Latin (limited)
Released:2019-10-29
Licensing:Trial, Paid/commercial

Valnera VF

  • Valnera VF
    No sample available
  • Valnera VF Italic
    No sample available
  • Valnera VF Monster
    No sample available
1 1000
1 1000
1 1000

An angular serif typeface with variable options to for pseudo-randomized irregularity.

Tags: decorative/display, body text, serif, slab serif, M-formula, pinched joints, rotation, sharp, unusual variation, wedge serif
Design:Riccardo De Franceschi
Publisher:Cast Type Foundry
Characters:Latin
Released:2019-09-05
Licensing:Trial, Paid/commercial

Luke VF

  • ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
100 300
100 300

​A contemporary interpretation of extra-bold blackletter type originally published in the 1800s by the Caslon foundry.

Tags: decorative/display, blackletter, calligraphic, fat-face, inscriptional, multiplexed, multiplexed weight, outline, ornamented, sharp, unusual variation
Design:Hidetaka Yamasaki
Publisher:The Northern Block
Characters:Latin
Released:2019-08-14
Licensing:Paid/commercial

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

BC Minim Variable

  • BC Minim Variable
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
  • BC Minim Variable Italic
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
100 200
1 100

A typeface designed “for typesetting at miniature type sizes”. Its underlying structure is based on a course pixel grid, and the variable ink trap notches can be used to counteract the effects of printing or rendering at small sizes, or for stylistic effects at larger sizes.

Tags: decorative/display, body text, sans, geometric, bent strokes, gothic, ink traps, multiplexed, rectangular, unusual variation, vertex spread
Design:Matyáš Bartoň
Publisher:Briefcase Type Foundry
Characters:Latin
Released:2019-06-11
Licensing:Paid/commercial

Bandeins Sans & Strange Variable

  • Bandeins Sans Variable
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
  • Bandeins Strange Variable
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
200 800
100 800

A geometric sans and a “Strange” counterpart, with the ability to extend some glyphs to exaggerated widths. Its free license is targeted at non-commercial student work.

Tags: decorative/display, body text, sans, geometric, irregular widths, neo-grotesque, unusual variation
Design:Maximilian Müsgens
Publisher:Typeeins
Characters:Latin
Released:2019-05-29
Licensing:Free for non-commercial use

Seraphs

  • ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz
100 200
0 6

An unusual type system that can morph between six different serif styles, including sans-serif. See the demo page for more samples. Offered with discounted pricing while it’s still a work in progress.

Tags: decorative/display, body text, serif, slab serif, sans, calligraphic, directional serifs, flared/concave, inscriptional, ornamented, retractable serifs, sharp, split terminals, unusual variation, wedge serif
Design:Bernd Volmer
Publisher:Bernd Volmer
Characters:Latin (limited)
Released:2019-05-15
Licensing:Paid/commercial

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

rotor

  • rotor
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
  • rotor overlay
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
0 180

A monospaced typeface with an unusual axis for rotating glyphs on the X axis, as if in three-dimensional space. The two fonts can be layered with different colors to simulate 3D forms.

Tags: decorative/display, sans, some serifs, animation, chromatic, monospaced, multiplexed, rotation, shade, unusual variation
Design:Jan Sindler
Publisher:Jan Sindler
Characters:Latin (limited)
Released:2019-04-02
Updated:2019-09-18
Licensing:Paid/commercial

WHOA

  • WHOA Spine
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ 0123456789
  • WHOA Top
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ 0123456789
-1000 1000
-1000 1000
-45 45
-1000 1000

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.)

Tags: decorative/display, sans, all caps, animation, chromatic, multi-line, multiplexed, multiplexed posture, ornamented, position, psychedelic, rotation, shade, unusual variation
Design:Scribble Tone
Publisher:Scribble Tone
Characters:Latin (limited)
Released:2019-03-05
Updated:2019-04-10
Licensing:Paid/commercial

Movement Variable

  • ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ 0123456789
100 900
100 120

A variable typeface inspired by dance movements. It began as a collaboration with Design Indaba and the contemporary dancer Andile Vellem, and is offered with a Creative Commons BY-ND 4.0 license.

Tags: decorative/display, sans, geometric, all caps, monoline, sharp, unusual variation, wavy/wiggly, woman-designed
Design:María Ramos, Noel Pretorius
Publisher:NM Type
Characters:Latin
Released:2019-02-28
Licensing:Free for non-commercial use, Free for commercial use

CSTM Xprmntl 03

  • abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0213456789
    абвгдеёжзийклмнопрстуфхцчшщъыьэюя
0 950

An experimental typeface that embraces the strange results of interpolating between blackletter and early Cyrillic ustav forms. Offered with discounted pricing while it’s still a work in progress.

Tags: decorative/display, serif, sans, blackletter, calligraphic, proof of concept, pinched joints, polygonal, retractable serifs, sharp, unusual variation, ustav, wavy/wiggly
Design:CSTM Fonts
Publisher:CSTM Fonts
Characters:Cyrillic, Latin (limited)
Released:2019-02-21
Licensing:Paid/commercial

Kicker Variable

  • ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
1 1000
1 1000
1 1000

​A decorative sans with inline and outline effects that work for layering, originally inspired by neon signs in Portland, Oregon. Offered with discounted pricing while it’s still a work in progress.

Tags: decorative/display, sans, Art Deco, chromatic, futuristic/sci-fi, gaspipe, gothic, inline, monoline, multi-line, multiplexed, multiplexed weight, outline, ornamented, rectangular, spurless, straight-sided, unusual variation
Design:Scribble Tone
Publisher:Scribble Tone
Characters:Latin
Released:2019-01-21
Licensing:Paid/commercial

Roslindale Variable Italic

  • ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
0 1
-8 0

​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.

Tags: decorative/display, serif, feature variations, flared/concave, inscriptional, phototype, pinched joints, sharp, unusual variation, wedge serif
Design:David Jonathan Ross
Publisher:DJR, Font of the Month Club
Characters:Latin, Vietnamese
Released:2019-01-01
Licensing:Trial, Paid/commercial

strokeWeight

  • ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
20 180
-12 12

​A geometric sans inspired by crude computer graphics, with rotational italicization leaning in both directions.

Tags: decorative/display, sans, geometric, backslant, feature variations, monoline, overbite/underbite, rotalics, rotation, unusual variation
Design:Schultzschultz, Marc Schütz
Publisher:Schriftlabor
Characters:Latin, Vietnamese
Released:2018-12-13
Licensing:Paid/commercial

Kern Cycle

  • Kern Cycle (no font variation by default)
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
  • Kern Cycle (with OpenType stylistic set 01 enabled)
    ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
0 100

​A quirky Helvetica-like sans, with an alternate set of circled characters that move around with the ‘Cycle’ axis.

Tags: decorative/display, sans, bent strokes, neo-grotesque, overbite/underbite, spurless, unusual variation
Design:Adrien Midzic
Publisher:Pizza Typefaces
Characters:Latin (limited)
Released:2018-12-05
Licensing:Trial, Paid/commercial

Handjet

  • ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
    АБВГДЕЖЗИЙКЛМНОПРСТУФХЦЧШЩЪЫЬЭЮЯ
    абвгдежзийклмнопрстуфхцчшщъыьэюя
    ΑΒΓΔΕΖΗΘΙΚΛΜΝΞΟΠΡΣΤΥΦΧΨΩ
    αβγδεζηθικλμνξοπρσςτυφχψω
    ԱԲԳԴԵԶԷԸԹԺԻԼԽԾԿՀՁՂՃՄՅՆՇՈՉՊՋՌՍՎՏՐՑՒՓՔՕՖ
    աբգդեզէըթժիլխծկհձղճմյնշոչպջռսվտրցւփքօֆ
    أبجد هوز حطي كلمن سعفص قرشت ثخذ ضظغ אבגדהוזחטיכלמנסעפצקרשת
100 900
0 16
1 2

​Handjet started as an exercise with design students to make a typeface for handset printers and their 32-pixel vertical matrix, but grew into a large multi-script design.

In 2019, Google sponsored and extension and open-source release of the typeface. Consultants for the project include Maria Doreuli (Cyrillic), Irene Vlachou (Greek), Borna Izadpanah (Arabic), Khajag Apelian (Armenian), and Meir Sadan (Hebrew).

The font is provided with a warning that “variable fonts are relatively new and Handjet sometimes challenges the limits. You might get unpredictable, yet beautiful and somewhat amusing, rendering errors in Adobe software. It works well in browsers as far as we know.”

Tags: decorative/display, sans, modular, multiplexed, multiplexed weight, pixel, polygonal, straight-sided, unusual variation
Design:David Březina
Publisher:Rosetta Type Foundry
Characters:Latin, Vietnamese, Cyrillic, Greek, Armenian, Arabic, Hebrew, dingbats/emoji
Released:2018-12-04
Updated:2021-05-12
Licensing:Open source

Ribbon

  • ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ 0123456789
    ΑΒΓΔΕΖΗΘΙΚΛΜΝΞΟΠΡΣΤΥΦΧΨΩ
0 1000

​An all-caps typeface with variable ribbon-like ornamentation.

Tags: decorative/display, sans, all caps, chamfered, modular, multiplexed, ornamented, polygonal, rectangular, retractable serifs, sharp, straight-sided, split terminals, unusual variation, wood type
Design:George Triantafyllakos
Publisher:George Triantafyllakos
Characters:Latin, Greek
Released:2018-11-27
Licensing:Free for non-commercial use, Free for commercial use

BC Baseliner

  • ÅBCDÉFGHÎJKLMNØPQRSTÜVWXYZ
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz 0123456789
0 900
0 900

​A variable font that allows for width adjustment as well as the contraction of diacritic marks and descenders, enabling tighter linespacing.

Tags: decorative/display, sans, consistent counters, flat brush, phototype, retractable extenders, sharp, unusual variation, vertex spread
Design:Šimon Matějka
Publisher:Briefcase Type Foundry
Characters:Latin
Released:2018-11-14
Licensing:Paid/commercial