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Source Sans Pro – Adobe Open Source Type

Posted on 8.05.2012

Adobe has released a new (and free) open source type family by the name of Source Sans Pro.

The Source Sans Pro font, the first ‘open’ font from Adobe, includes six weights (from ExtraLight to Black) in upright and italic styles. The font (seen below) also offers broad language support for Latin script, including Western and Easter European languages, Vietnamese, pinyin Romanization of Chinese and Navajo. The fonts also support both the Indian rupee and the Turkish lira currency symbols.

”The primary need for type in Adobe’s open source applications has thus far been for usage within user interfaces,” said Adobe typeface designer and font developer Paul Hunt. “A second environment of perennial interest to Adobe is the realm of text typography. Thus the immediate constraints on the design were to create a set of fonts that would be both legible in short UI labels, as well as being comfortable to read in longer passages of text on screen and in print.”

The full package of source files are available to download through SourceForge. The Source Sans Pro font is also available for use on the web via font hosting services such as Typekit, WebInk, and Google Web Fonts (as well as for use directly in Google documents and Google presentations shortly).

"I believe that the world of type design and typography has benefited greatly from Adobe’s contributions in the arena of type technology," wrote Hunt, the designer of Source Sans Pro, on the company's Typblography page. "In adding to this legacy, I am proud to announce that today marks another milestone as Adobe makes yet another type resource freely available by releasing the Source Sans Pro family as our first-ever open source type family."

Adobe also released an Adobe Original typeface (not open source) by the name of Leander Script (available on Typekit and WEbINK), along with adding five more fonts to the Adobe Web Fonts collection in Cottonwood Std, Ironwood Std, Juniper Std, Mesqire Std and Ponderosa Std.

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