Adobe releases Source Sans Pro, their first open typeface

Adobe releases Source Sans Pro, their first open typeface

As unbelievable as it might seem, Adobe announced immediate availability of Source Sans Pro, their first open source font, under terms of Open Font License.

The new font family is a gothic sans, available in 6 weights, from ExtraLight to Black, and both regular and italics.

Note that Extra Light is absent here: Pango engine simply doesn't see it.

Source Sans Pro was designed by Paul D. Hunt with ATF's gothic fonts in mind and built with makeotf tool from Adobe Font Development Kit for OpenType:

...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.

In thinking of typeface models that accomplish these tasks well, I was drawn to the forms of the American Type Founders’ gothics designed by Morris Fuller Benton. In particular, I have always been impressed by the forms of his News Gothic and Franklin Gothic, which have been staples for typographers since their introduction in the early twentieth century.

While keeping these models in mind, I never sought to copy specific features from these types. Instead, I sought to achieve a similar visual simplicity by paring each glyph to it’s most essential form.

Just to illustrate the difference between News Gothic and Source Sans Pro:

The font family has an extensive support for Latin-based scripts, but sadly Cyrillic and Greek aren't available in this version. Adobe is planning to take care or that in the next releases, though. A monospace version is in plans (in fact, already being worked on, it appears).

You can download sources and OTF/TTF files here. Source Sans Pro is already used in few products such as Adobe's Webkit-based code editor called Brackets.

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  1. Jimmy Volatile 03 August 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Very nice font. Integrates nicely with Inkscape in the sense that hitting Ctrl+I actually selects the right font style (say, “Ultra-Light Oblique”) instead of just auto-obliquing the font.

    Maybe this has always been the case?

    I only tried out the OTF variant, though.

  2. Alexandre Prokoudine 03 August 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Inkscape never did faux italics. If there is an oblique/italic face, it will use it. If there isn’t one, it will just use an available regular face.

  3. The Extralight fonts won’t install in my KDE system. It says that they include the light fonts which are already installed. I used Font Forge to check the names and I don’t see any problem. I don’t know why this is happening.

  4. Alexandre Prokoudine 03 August 2012 at 5:03 pm

    Well, here is the deal. The recommendation is to use weight value dividable by 100: 200, 300, 400 etc.

    The Extra Light face has 250, so the font engine rounds it to 300, which is what the Light face already has. Hence the clash, I guess.

    I pinged the designer about it, let’s see what he says.

  5. Dead download link?!

  6. @rich Works for me

  7. I’ve first saw this new font family while digging in the source code of Brackets, another open source projet from Adobe. It’s nice that they’ve put it in Google Web Fonts aside of Typekit.

    Source Sans is a great design and the fonts are full of OpenType goodies. And according to the designer, a monospaced variant is coming—-Source Code Pro, maybe? :P—-

    The OFL license was an excellent choice also.

  8. Alexandre Prokoudine 04 August 2012 at 9:49 am

    @Fitoschido What’s your impression from Brackets, by the way?

  9. @Alexandre: I played with it just a little, in Windows. It’s pretty incomplete ATM, but it’s progressing nicely. It’s fast and I love the UI design.

    Someone has forked the repo and has started a Linux port. I’m looking forward to test it when it’s done.

  10. Alexandre Prokoudine 04 August 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Okay, not abandoning Sublime Text yet, then :)

  11. Thanks for sharing this with us :). can i use this font on my blog ?

  12. Looks really professional I might use it for my website.

  13. This one looks really awesome!!!

  14. It’s always nice to see the big companies give back :)

  15. Very nice font,, i have some fonts collection too,,

    Download Font

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