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Optical size, the hidden superpower of variable fonts

A look at making letters actually change the way they look when shown in small or large sizes using variable fonts with an optical size axis.

Some Fun Typefaces for 2021

Adobe recently announced the winners of their 36 Days of Type contest.

Typography Trends in 2021: What Should You Know?

Here are 13 trends that I believe will determine the face of typography in 2021.

Best practices for fonts

Learn about how to optimize web fonts for Core Web Vitals.

All you need is 5 fonts

There weren’t as many web fonts to pick from when I started my freelance career in the early 2000s, still, I was always overwhelmed by the number...

Our Favourite Uses of Typography in Watches

A look at some interesting and creative ways type has been used across the horological world.

The origin story of the Wingdings font

The funny font from vintage Microsoft Word has an unbelievable past and great influence on today’s culture.

Microsoft’s 2021 default fonts – a typographer’s thoughts and suggestion on it

Microsoft commissioned 5 sans-serif typefaces and asked on Twitter, which should be the new default that will replace Calibri. I share my suggestion.

Fonts in Popular Culture Identified Vol. 3

See the fonts used in popular culture—featuring Girls Don’t Cry, Cook This Book, Lovecraft Country, Mrs America and more.

Jenny B Kowalski’s A-Z (and a-z) as Variable Letterforms

Jenny B Kowalski has been posting a-letter-a-day on Instagram exploring multi-axis variable/responsive letterforms.

Beyond Calibri: Finding The Next Microsoft 365 Default Font

Default fonts are perhaps most notable in the absence of the impression they make.

I studied the fonts of the top 1000 websites. Here’s what I learned.

A design-curious data scientist crawled the top 1000 websites to analyze their font selections.

Microsoft debuts five new fonts in a death match to rule Office

Which will be the successor to Calibri? We’ll know in a year.

How tracking and kerning improves all caps text

When untreated, all caps text creates problematic spaces between letters. Tracking fixes it mostly for web and app design, kerning fine-tunes it.

The Making (and Potential Benefits) of a CSS Font

This is a way to render text without using any font at all. Every element is styled with CSS to create the characters.

Designing a Custom Typeface That Works for Indeed

How we built Indeed Sans with Dalton Maag and set up a type system that works for all of product and marketing.

Intrinsic Typography is the Future of Styling Text on the Web

The way we style text hasn’t changed much over the years.


A growing catalogue of open source typefaces, focusing on somewhat contemporary type

Hershey Fonts: Not Chocolate, The Origin Of Vector Lettering

Over the past few years, I kept bumping into something called Hershey fonts.

Ink Traps and Pals

A look at ink traps (enhanced edges of inside corners in things like typefaces, logos for print) and related techniques including digital light traps.