by Paul D. Hunt
Since the launch of Source Sans Pro just over two months ago, it has been encouraging to us to see its adoption in places such as the text font on the popular social news site, Digg, and incorporated as part of Stanford University’s identity guidelines for digital media. Part of the reason that we care about adoption is that we hope that as others want to use these fonts, they will also help to develop this type family to cover an expanding range of use cases.
In fact, we recently had our first collaborative experience to extend the functionality of Source Sans. Not long after the fonts’ release, Logos Bible Software contacted us with a list of features which they indicated interest in helping to develop. Today Logos is launching the latest version of their bible study application and they have switched to using Source Sans as the main type for the user interface. In speaking about why Logos decided to make this change to their UI design, Bob Pritchet, CEO of Logos Bible Software, remarks, “Source Sans is a beautiful and uniquely useful type family with multiple weights, a rich set of glyphs, strong OpenType feature support, and most importantly, an open source license that allows us to extend it for specific needs, like scholarly text-critical apparatuses and ancient scripts.”
Before Logos was able to switch to Source Sans, they wanted to add small capitals and superscript capitals to the fonts, as these are used extensively throughout their application. In order to help make this happen, Logos hired type designer Marc Weymann to work on the glyphs needed for these features. The work done by Logos enabled us to add small capitals to Source Sans much sooner than we would have been able to otherwise. We are grateful to Logos for helping to make enhancements to the type family that can benefit everyone and hope to continue to collaborate with them to enhance its feature set. To access the small capitals and other new features, you will need to download the latest version of the fonts (version 1.038) from either GitHub or SourceForge.
The next items on our roadmap for the development of Source Sans include the addition of Greek and Cyrillic scripts, which are currently in process. Also we are getting some interest from individuals who would like to help add support for the International Phonetic Alphabet. If you would like to get involved in the development of this project, please get in touch using the contact information in our roadmap documentation.