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Proxima Vara (2021) is a variable version of my popular Proxima Nova type family. In a single font file, it contains all the weights and styles of Proxima Nova—plus any style between them along any of three dimensions (weight, width, and slant) without the distortion that comes with artificial manipulation such as squeezing, stretching, or slanting. If you want something that’s a little bolder than Regular, and little bit more condensed, you can get it.
Proxima Vara contains all of the characters and features in Proxima Nova such as alternate characters, true small caps, old style figures, arbitrary fractions, and support for most Latin-based languages, Greek, and Cyrillic.
Variable fonts work in most modern web browsers, which is great because it allows you to use many more styles of Proxima Vara on a web page than you can with Proxima Nova. This is because the complete family is contained in a single font file, and loads as quickly as about four styles of Proxima Nova. And, of course, you can use subsetting for even faster page loads.
For print applications, Proxima Vara gives you unlimited flexibility to tune weight, width, and slant to fit your exact needs.
Important: Variable font technology is fairly new. While it works great in all the major web browsers, it is not fully supported in many desktop apps yet. Support in desktop apps include Sketch, Corel Draw, and Adobe Creative Cloud apps such as InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop. It has partial support in Apple iWork apps (Pages, Keynote, and Numbers). Unfortunately, Microsoft Office doesn’t support variable fonts at all yet, but support is promised. Support for variable fonts will increase over time, but I would advise checking whether the apps you want to use offer support before buying. For a current list of apps that support variable fonts, see v-fonts.com.
- An entire type family contained in a single font file.
- 9 built-in weights: Thin, Extralight, Light, Regular, Medium, Semibold, Bold, Extrabold, and Black as well as any arbitrary weight between Thin and Black.
- 3 built-in widths: Normal, Condensed, and Extra Condensed as well as any arbitrary width between normal and Extra Condensed.
- Matching italics for all weights and widths as well as any arbitrary slant angle between roman and italic.
- Arbitrary slants between Normal and Italic.
- Matching small caps for all styles.*
- Lining and old style figures (proportional and tabular).*
- Full “f” ligature set (ff, fi, fl, ffi, ffl, etc.).*
- Alternate characters (a, l, y, G).*
- Automatic arbitrary fractions.*
- Automatic ordinals.*
- Dingbats (16).
- Extended language support for most Latin-based Western and Central European languages and Vietnamese, as well as Greek and Cyrillic.
- Extended currency support.
* Requires an application or operating system with support for OpenType advanced typography, such as Adobe Creative Cloud, Affinity Designer/Photo/Publisher, or QuarkXPress. Check your application’s user guide. OpenType advanced typography is also supported by most modern web browsers through the use of Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).
Proxima Vara Mini-Site. Try out Proxima Vara for yourself.
Proxima Vara Overview. The story of Proxima Vara, basic style showings, full character set and technical information. 10 pages. 2 MB PDF.
Proxima Vara Full Specimen. Complete text and display specimen for the regular width styles of Proxima Vara, including the full character sets. 172 pages. 7.3 MB PDF.