I was just wondering whether it would be possible to implement a sort of ‘animation’ table in variable fonts, which would contain a sequence of settings for the axes –in some way connected with an interval definition. Basically exactly the same as if one makes a screen recording of a series of changes via sliders. One could make such a meta table programmable, and hence ‘non-fixed’ animations with fonts (which, of course, don’t have to contain letters by definition), for, for example, web purposes or in any other environment that supports variable fonts. Changing the animation would just mean changing the axes-settings in the table (with, for example, OTM). This way lightweight animations can be made, I reckon.
Undoubtedly some of you know (much) more about these kind of things than I do, especially when it comes to the complexity involved. One could also argue that non-professional end users do not want to play around with sliders and parameters, and consequently also not with such tables. However, I can imagine that such an ‘animation’ table could offer a lot of options for the somewhat more tech-savvy designers.
What do you think?