Vesper: Contextual Alternates
Vesper utilizes contextual alternates in a special way. Many letters contain multiple versions with subtle alterations: serifs retract or extend, letters’ arms or legs become longer or shorter, and the spacing is adjusted slightly.
These lessen dark spots from serifs clashing into each other while also reducing large, empty gaps from letters that are farther apart. The result is smoother, more even text that is even more space saving!
Through these subtle adjustments and the bit of extra white space around key features, letters and words become easier to identify. This helps to make the reading experience more comfortable and enjoyable.
The five italic weights have their own separate collection of alternates. These are especially useful to avoid clashes with accented letters and serifs.