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Understand Variable Fonts with Font Playground

An Interview with Wenting Zhang of Adobe Typekit

Thomas Jockin
Oct 8, 2018 · 9 min read
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Kara in discussion with Michelle about her lettering project at GoogleNYC

Our global type superfamily converges monthly to help one another improve our letterforms over drinks.


[Font Playground] helps me tremendously as I am working on the next generation of type features in design tools at Adobe.

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Wenting demoing Font Playground at NYC Media Lab ’18 Conference

What is Font Playground?

I built a 2-dimensional sliders on Font Playground to enable exploring 2 axis simultaneously.

Designing the UI for Font Playground

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Only when more variable fonts with different axes are designed, used, tested and refined, we will know what axes make more sense to be the standard ones.

Understanding the Variable in Variable Fonts

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Modern design tools should bridge the gap between the design and design’s final output.

Understanding Code with Visuals

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Where You Can Learn More about Variable Fonts


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