Celebrating 25 Years of Original Type at Adobe

Good typography is something everyone sees but no one notices. – John Warnock, Adobe co-founder

In the mid- to late 1980s, designers rapidly embraced the brave new world of desktop publishing, and demanded more and better typefaces to use in their projects. In response to those cries for creative help, Adobe launched the Adobe Originals program in 1989, resulting in one of the world’s finest libraries of quality digital typefaces.

To celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of Adobe Originals, we’re exploring the world of type at Adobe, and showcasing the talented designers and visionaries contributing to this amazing body of work. You’ll hear typographic tales from the original Originals team—Sumner Stone, Carol Twombly, Robert Slimbach, and Fred Brady—along with other current Adobe type team members and illustrious alumni.

From left to right: Jim Wasco, Robert Slimbach, Carol Twombly and Fred Brady.

From left to right: Jim Wasco, Robert Slimbach, Carol Twombly and Fred Brady.

People known for their love of type, including Stephen Coles, Roger Black, Marian Bantjes, and Jessica Hische, will offer their thoughts on the Adobe Originals and how these designs have helped shape the modern typographic landscape. We’ll delve into the history of type at Adobe, and highlight some of the exceptional typefaces we’ve released over the past quarter-century. Miguel Sousa, Paul Hunt, and Frank Grießhammer, the most recent additions to our team, will talk about what it’s like to design type at Adobe today.

Introducing Source Serif: A New Open Source Typeface from Adobe

What better way to celebrate 25 years of typeface design at Adobe than to release a new typeface? Source Serif, our 100th typeface family and our gift to the community, is now available for web and desktop use through Typekit. Read our post on Source Serif to find out everything you could ever want to know about this new open source typeface and how it works with its partner, Source Sans.

Source Serif

An Adobe Originals Summer

We have an exciting summer of typographic content planned for our blog readers. I’m especially pleased to introduce Tamye Riggs, our author for the upcoming Adobe Originals series. Tamye and I have been having a fantastic time conducting interviews and finding wonderful things to share with you. She’s the perfect type-obsessed writer to help us tell the story of Adobe Originals. The fun begins later this month—stay tuned!

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