We Are Family! I’ve Got All My Variations With Me
David Jonathan Ross
The new OpenType variable font format will redefine what it means to make and use a typeface family; in this new format, a single font file can contain multiple weights, widths, optical sizes, and more! I will discuss the development of type families in the 20th and 21st centuries, and share my own experience creating large series of type. I will illustrate why variable fonts have the potential to influence this creative process, and in doing so how they may affect the relationship between type maker and type user.