Optical size, the hidden superpower of variable fonts

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Optical sizing is the changing of a font’s appearance depending on its size in order to look better or more readable. Even typographists of old understood its importance; Gutenberg-era printing presses featured optical size variations for each letter. Although the process of using optical size-friendly fonts was cumbersome before ー you’d need to use 11 variations of one font ー contemporary advanced variable fonts make it easy, as the browser changes their optical size automatically without any input from you.
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