Variable fonts: Is the performance trade-off worth it?

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Anna Monus wrote this piece about variable fonts. Variable fonts are popular for two reasons: they expand design possibilities and improve website performance. While the former statement is definitely true since variable fonts do provide infinite typographical choices, the latter only holds under certain conditions.

In this tutorial, author conducts a performance test on a live server to better understand the performance trade-off of variable fonts.

The article dives in:

  • What are variable fonts?
  • How variable fonts impact performance
  • The challenge of testing variable fonts
  • The test cases

… and much more. Comprehensive charts and speed measurements are also provided. Whether using variable fonts is worth it performance-wise depends on how the decrease in HTTP requests and the increase in total page size balance each other out. Nice read!

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