I know very little, way less than I should, about the new variable typography stuff that’s been gaining traction and was discussed in css-tricks’ most recent shop talk episode.
However, I’m having serious skepticism about how they can replace entire font families. There’s a lot of the discerning human eye in creating various weights (and especially italic versions) of fonts. I just can’t picture how some math algorithm can make that go away.
Just like fonts, icons can be designed in different weights. Here’s how it works in my current design, chubbicons:
These are all rendered at 32×32. The bold weight was designed with 1 pixel wide stroke on a 9×9 grid, while the light weight was 1 pixel on an 18×18 grid. The solid is just solid with some white 1 or 2 pixel details.
Everyone’s so big on the outlined icons, but I have a feeling solids will come back in style.
I’m having fun with this theme. It makes it easy to think of things to make.
These were from Jeanne and my show at the Albright Knox back in ~2001.
Testing out the new scanner…
This is for my Uncle Billy. He’s not feeling too great so I’m sending it to him.