Adobe has played a major role in the acceptance of digital design and publishing, thanks to the creation of its PostScript page description language, as well as developing layout and illustration applications that provide professional-quality typographic controls. It’s almost forgotten now but Adobe was also one of the first firms to build a library of irreproachable digital fonts. It was also implicated in the development of font formats, such as OpenType. While Adobe’s typographic leadership has dwindled in recent years, the flame seems to still be flickering, as evidenced by the release of Source Sans Pro, the firm’s first open source font. Created initially for use in the interfaces of Adobe’s open source apps, the font takes inspiration from News Gothic and Franklin Gothic, and thus is also suitable for headlines and body copy in printed work and for the screen. Provided in six weights, more information and the download link is available on the Adobe site. It’s also available as a web font from Typekit, WebInk, and Google Web Fonts.
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