August 03, 2012

Introducing Source Sans Pro, Adobe’s first open-source type family

These days Adobe is releasing more open-source applications (e.g. the new WebKit-based code editor, Brackets). The Adobe type team felt they–and the community at large–needed a better option for on-screen work.

Thus they’ve created Source Sans Pro. As the Verge notes, “[T]his family of fonts is intended primarily to be used in user interfaces, meaning it has to be legible at low resolution yet also readable enough to support long streams of text.” Designer Paul D. Hunt explained some of his process & considerations for the project, adding:

Besides being ready for download to install on personal computers, the Source Sans fonts are also available for use on the web via font hosting services including Typekit, WebInk, and Google Web Fonts. Finally, the Source Sans family will shortly be available for use directly in Google documents and Google presentations.


Posted by John Nack at 11:28 AM on August 03, 2012


  • Ben Hansen — 11:36 AM on August 03, 2012

    Awesome stuff you guys are rocking it over there! Thanks!!!

  • Delfeld — 12:45 PM on August 03, 2012

    Very nice. Thank you to Adobe and the developers for keeping media development from stagnating in competition and price wars.

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