I have thought about a peculiar possibility for some time:
- given that we now have variable font technology
- and that we can blend the outlines of a two fonts to create a new font
- and that there is, for historical reasons, similarity in the shapes of many fonts
is it possible that at some point in the future all existing fonts will be interconnected so they can be freely blended? Talking about a single font as we understand it today would be meaningless: Clarendon for example would just be a single point on a web. It would be surrounded by points that are, say, 90% Clarendon and 10% Garamond, 80% Clarendon and 20% Garamond, 90% Clarendon and 10% Bodoni, 80% Clarendon and 20% Bodoni, and so on. Each point will be able to vary in width and heaviness. This system will be further refined so it works for italic and upright, making the points binary, and also works in such a way, that dissimilar fonts, like, say, a dingbat and Futura, or some daFont rejects, will not be able to be blended, or make the list at all (it would obviously be harder to blend serifs to sans serifs than serifs to serifs and sans to sans, but many fonts simply do not cut the mustard. Of course there will always be enthusuasts/blendmonkeys to blend KaiserzeitGotisch with Logger or DeathMetalGutturalFont).
Is all of this a real possibility for future technology, or rather not? What do you think?