This past week, I gave a talk with Roger Black and Dave Crossland about OpenType variable fonts at the Society of News Design conference in Charlotte. The talk wasn’t recorded, but here are a couple clips to give you a taste:
A big 👋 to my variable font friends at TYPO Labs! I am at home dragging lots of sliders, but would rather be dragging them with you!
A closeup of some lettering in-progress.
Spotted in West Hartford, CT.
Not a great photo, but what a great truck!
Part of Type Network’s new Inside the Fonts series, this article by Yves Peters dives deep into the magic numbers that make Fit look super-good with super-tight linespacing. It even includes a chart of recommended line-height settings for each of Fit’s basic styles!
The popular visual design magazine Communication Arts featured a gallery of Fit specimens on their website.
The great Slanted Magazine posted a nice piece on their blog, in German and English. It even includes images of two of my personal favorite aspects of Fit, its Vietnamese and Russian!
Many thanks to the folks who were behind these posts! I am very grateful for their work, and to everyone who is helping to get the word out about Fit.
One of the reasons I released my typeface Fit is because I thought it would be a good demonstration of the new OpenType variable font format. In order to help explain the concept, I’ve made some images that you can use in presentations or lectures to demonstrate Fit’s capabilities, and by extension, one of the many ways that variable fonts can change the way we set type.
Feel free to download these images and use them in your talks (with credit or a link to djr.com/fit, please). And in the spirit of the design, I made versions that fit the dimensions of both 1024×768 and 1280×720 projectors!
Text fitting demo
A waterfall of widths
Word length comparison
Adapting to word length (animation)
Draggable text at djr.com/fit (animation)
Last September, I sat down for a brief interview with Liron Lavi Turkenich at the ATypI conference in Warsaw, Poland. ATypI has just published the video (along with a handful of others), where you can hear about everything from my thoughts on type licenses to my agricultural ambitions.
My friend and frequent collaborator Chris Lewis just released a free iOS app Dithr. It dithers photos and video with fun pixilated patterns and retro color palettes, recalling the computer games of my youth!
I find myself taking pictures and videos of mundane, everyday objects (radio towers, ceiling fans, and even plain white walls), just to see what wild colors and pixely gradients I can get the app to produce.
(In case you’re curious, that’s a picture of me on a hike in Saxon Switzerland National Park in Germany.)
I’ll be the first to admit that my new typeface Fit is pretty unusual, so I’d love to see you pair it with some of my more, ahem, utilitarian designs.
So if you were looking for an excuse to license Gimlet, Forma DJR, or any of my other multipurpose typefaces, I’m offering $50 off when you order Fit alongside any order of $150 or more. That means a mini license of Fit is essentially free!