2018 • Bianca Berning – The Potential of Variable Fonts

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We are still figuring out how reading on screen can be improved. There is no set of typographic rules that will assist us, we know print typography rules can’t be applied directly to the web, so how do we improve our reader’s experience?
One OpenType variable font file can contain the equivalent of multiple individual fonts and allows for a near infinite range of font styles, with smooth interpolation between weights, width and other design axes. With my presentation I want to answer the following questions: Why has typography been neglected on the web? What is the difference between a static and a variable font? What are the web performance benefits of variable fonts in comparison to static fonts? Why should designers and typographers care about a range of font styles? How can variable fonts improve the user experience?

Bianca Berning
Bianca is a font engineer and type designer and heads up the Skills and Process department for font foundry Dalton Maag. She is an active member of Alphabettes, ATypI and the Unicode Consortium; and she coordinates a mentorship program with the aim to help students and professional newcomers immerse themselves in the industry. is a single track conference all about UX, UI, design tools, workflows and more with talks by internationally renowned speakers and rising stars in the design community. Read more at

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