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4–7 September, 2019

Thursday, 5 September | | Miraikan Hall

Talk | Presented in English

Variable Fonts in Google Fonts

Google Fonts aims to make typography fast, easy, and open. The company met the advent of variable fonts with excitement, but not without reservations. Although variable fonts offer immense potential, they come with new complexities, placing the goal of “easy” somewhat at risk. Simplicity is a particular concern when starting from a user base that is largely unaware of variable fonts. Google now faces the challenge of educating its users and providing tools to interact with multidimensional design spaces without compromising ease of use. Join Nathan Williams and Kim Irin as they recount the journey toward supporting VF on Google Fonts, complete with reflections on both VF engagement and the challenges they have faced along the way—there have been plenty.