Text is never simply text—typography, or the way type is arranged on a layout, has a huge influence over the visual impact of a message, setting the tone and mood for the reader. Type design has a long and fascinating history, and the digital fonts we use today often have incredible origin stories.

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Variable fonts were developed as the joint effort of the four biggest tech companies involved in type design—Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Adobe. As the name suggests, variable fonts allow designers to derive an unlimited number of font variants from the same font file. This way it becomes possible to adjust the typeface to different devices, viewports, orientations, and other design constraints.

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A beautifully designed resume can spell the difference between securing that interview or being tossed onto a pile of overlooked applications. While a jazzy design might be appropriate for some creative roles, most employers will be looking for a CV that’s pleasant to look at and easy to read.

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Web fonts helped to breathe life into designs, helping us avoid the system defaults so widely used during the early days of web design. With so many options available today, we as have plenty of tricks up our sleeves in order to serve and style custom fonts. Level 4 of the CSS Fonts Module outlines more intriguing options you will love, including some exciting properties such as font-min/max-size. This article won’t uncover every last crumb of level 4, but will highlight the interesting parts still in their infancy. The adventure starts now!

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