An Introduction to Variable Fonts
In recent years there has been huge hype and growing collections of variable fonts, but what are variable fonts, and how are they used in graphic design?
In this article, we’ll provide an introduction to variable fonts. Firstly, we will explain what a variable font is. Secondly, we’ll provide some great examples of the latest variable fonts. Next, we’ll look at the future of variable fonts in the design industry. Lastly, we’ll share some great resources for where you can try and buy some of our favourite variable fonts.
What is a variable font?
A variable font is a single font that acts as many. All variations of width and weight, slant, and other attributes are contained in a single, highly efficient compressed font file. For example, a traditional font family may comprise of weights ranging from Thin, Light, Regular, Medium, Bold and Black. Each weight acts as its on file and is independent from each other, which means there is a lack of flexibility and file sizes are less efficient. In comparison, variable fonts only contain one file. Font variations, including width, weight, and slant can be adjusted in this one file. Furthermore, this gives designers total creative freedom. Variable fonts unlock a new realm of design and how type can be used.
Variable fonts to try
Clash Grotesk Variable by Sharptype
Neue Frutiger® Variable by Linotype
Avenir® Next Variable by Linotype
HEX Franklin Variable by Hex Projects
Roboto Flex by Google
The future of variable fonts and design
With the emergence of variable fonts, designers can work with an entire font family. Three out of the four major browsers already support variable fonts and the remainder are soon to follow. Although not yet robust, with still some teething and technical issues, we will most likely see a rapid growth of variable fonts in the future.
We hope you enjoyed this blog post – An introduction to variable fonts. Additionally, you can see other fantastic blog posts on typography – Trending Typefaces and Type Styles 03 and Trending Typefaces and Type Styles 05. Without a doubt, there will be more useful information that will assist you with your next project!
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