Making and Using Variable Fonts

Boston CSS
Boston CSS
Public group
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One year ago, Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Adobe jointly announced a massive addition to the OpenType font format: Variations. A variable font essentially allows a single file to behave as it were multiple fonts, resulting in smaller file sizes, fewer server requests, and the ability to implement web designs that are responsive all the way down to each letter.

Even though variable fonts are not widely-supported quite yet, font makers and font users are already thinking about how we can use them to get fonts to our users faster and make their reading experience better. David Jonathan Ross will speak about how variable fonts are made, how they can be implemented in CSS, and the unprecedented typographic possibilities that this format has to offer.

A bit about our presenter:

David Jonathan Ross ( draws letters of all shapes and sizes for custom and retail typeface designs. A native of Los Angeles, He began drawing typefaces at Hampshire College and joined The Font Bureau ( in 2007 where he honed his bézier-wrangling skills. Now he publishes visually imaginative and technically advanced designs at his own foundry, DJR (, as well as working on projects with Type Network ( and developing display faces for his Font of the Month Club ( You’ll find him in Western Massachusetts with his partner Emily and their two dogs, Sophie and Lily.

General details:

Doors open at 6:30pm for food and drinks sponsored by Vermonster. The talk will start at 7pm.

Unfortunately, while Vermonster’s old brick building has a lot of charm, it also has a lot of stairs, and does not have an elevator. We wish that wasn’t the case.

We will be live streaming the event and afterwards it will be posted to our Youtube channel ( Please check this page for the link on the date of the event.