Adobe’s First Open Source Typo: Source Sans Pro

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Source Sans Pro makes a nice headline font on the web, with a nod to classic News Gothic headline fonts of the early 20th century.

Adobe typeface designer Paul D. Hunt created Source Sans Pro. “I was drawn to the forms of the American Type Founders’ gothics designed by Morris Fuller Benton…. I have always been impressed by the forms of his News Gothic and Franklin Gothic,” writes Hunt on the Adobe Type Blog. The goal behind Source Sans Pro was to create a font that’s “both legible in short UI labels, as well as being comfortable to read in longer passages of text on screen and in print.”

Adobe’s legacy in type technology
“Adobe has come a long way since its early days in which the specification for the PostScript Type 1 font format was a closely-guarded trade secret leading up to the “font wars.” Since this specification was begrudgingly published in 1990, Adobe has been more proactive in publicly releasing tools for developing and producing high-quality type. Subsequently, Adobe collaborated with Microsoft on the OpenType standard, which was later made an open standard for type technology as the Open Font Format: a free, publicly available standard (ISO/IEC 14496-22:2009).” Read on and get the free fonts at

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