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Variable fonts – Fluido by Balázs Szemmelroth

A variable font is a single font that acts as multiple fonts. Using dynamic attributes such as width, weight, serif and others, variable fonts can be modified live. This new style of font file, initially introduced in 2016 as a joint effort developed by Apple, Google, Microsoft and Adobe, allows for complete control and modularity in letter shape. Variable font files contain only two extreme states per attribute (thinnest to thickest, for example), from which an abundance of intermediate weights can arise – going way beyond your average thin, medium, bold and black. The resulting file is therefore both light in weight, which reduces on-page loading time, and responsive, making it more in tune with our changing needs and digital devices.

Unlike other existing variable fonts, the Fluido font can transform from sans (or grotesque) to serif (or antiqua) without using plus alternate versions of the character. Also it can transform to slant and contrasted instances. Moreover the slanted states of the antiqua instance’s (contrast+serif+italic axis combination) lowercase letters change to real italic characters. Thus, from grotesque to antiqua, a lot of font styles can be created from a single font file.

The website, which made for the font helps to choose the proper settings of Fluido for a specific job or any graphic design with text. Additionally, the user can create custom font styles from Fluido using sliders or by randomly generated font parameters. Because the Fluido variable font consists of a single font file, the user does not need to handle large amounts of data from fonts with a predefined feature. Instead, you can change the parameters of the font itself.