Variable Fonts

Updated: Aug 17, 2018

In a recent issue of Adobe Create Magazine, we hear about variable fonts from Mandy Michael. These fonts are the so-called wave of the future. Web Designers will no longer be limited to fixed width fonts. Variable fonts will allow endless customization.

The technology is still in its early stages but variable fonts can improve page-load times, improve reading experience and give designers greater freedom. Inventive type designers aren't restricting themselves to expected variations, such as weight, width, or italic. They're creating variations that address effect, readability, and style.

According to the article, Adobe Photoshop CC and Adobe Illustrator CC not only support variable fonts, they include several of them: Acumin Variable Concept, Minion Variable Concept, Myriad Variable Concept, Source Code Variable Concept, Source Sans Variable Concept, and Source Serif Variable Concept. You can use these variable fonts for web type and to generate interesting graphics and even animated GIFs.

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