Adobe Web Fonts

Today we’ve got some great news. Some of the best typefaces in the world are now available for use on the web.

Anybody who creates for the web has heard of web fonts by now. Every popular web browser now supports font delivery over the web (via the CSS @font-face rule), giving designers more typographic options than ever before. We here at Adobe have been looking for the best way to get some of our most popular designs to you, so today we’re excited to announce a partnership with Typekit, the web font pioneers of San Francisco who, since last year, have been leading the way in web font technology and delivery.

For more than 20 years, Adobe Originals typefaces have been setting the standard in digital type. Not only are they timeless, award-winning designs, but their technical quality has made them a reliable tool for designers and typographers. These qualities are just as important on the web as they are in print, and those of you who have come to rely on our fonts for print will find that same quality and reliability when you use Adobe Web Fonts.

Delivering fonts on the web takes a similar devotion to quality and reliability, and we are impressed with Typekit’s commitment to both. Those of you who already use Typekit have some fantastic new choices, and for the rest of you who have just been waiting to get Adobe fonts into your web pages, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how easy it is to select and use them with Typekit. They have earned their place as a leading web font service and are constantly improving and enhancing their customers’ experience. (For those of you who are more technically minded, you’ll find great tools with Typekit’s WebFont Loader and the Typekit API, which offer even more control over the web font experience.)

For this debut of Adobe Web Fonts, I think we’ve made some great choices. Everyone knows Myriad and Minion — pervasive workhorse sans serif and serif typefaces, respectively, which will prove to be as useful on the web as they have been in print. Thomas Phinney’s Hypatia Sans and Carol Twombly’s Chaparral are distinctive and versatile. Adobe Text is Robert Slimbach’s newest design which a lot of people haven’t even seen yet (so far it has only been available as a registration benefit for CS5 customers) but I’m certain it will quickly establish itself as a flexible and reliable text typeface, and I’m pleased it will now get a wider audience.

Richard Lipton’s classic Bickham Script is one of our most popular display typefaces and a distinctive addition to the Adobe Web Fonts collection. More of Robert Slimbach’s work now available for web use include Adobe Garamond, Caflisch Script, Cronos, and the “display” designs for Garamond Premier (based on Claude Garamond’s beautiful Gros Canon type).

Speaking of which: You will find that we’ve included optical size variations for some of our typefaces. These designs are carefully crafted to look their best at small sizes (“caption”), medium- to large-size headings (“subhead”), or in headlines and other large sizes (“display”). On the web, these distinctions are less resolved than in print, but optical sizes will give you more options to find just the right font for your needs — and giving users better options for fine typography is what Adobe Originals are all about.

Remember, Adobe Web Fonts support the same languages and scripts as their desktop counterparts. Most are “Pro” fonts — meaning their character set supports Central European languages. Adobe Text, Garamond Premier, Hypatia Sans, Minion, and Myriad also support Greek and Cyrillic. (Select the “All Characters” Subset option in Typekit to use them.)

I was a fan of Adobe Originals before I even came to work at Adobe, so I am truly happy whenever we can find a way to make it easier to get them to people and find a new audience for what I think are some of the best typefaces ever made, digital or otherwise. Web fonts promise to bring better typography to even more people, and Adobe is pleased to have Typekit as a partner in doing that.

To learn more about Adobe Web Fonts, Adobe’s partnership with Typekit, and to see which fonts are available, visit the Adobe Web Fonts page, or visit Typekit.

25 Responses

  1. Awesome , for many of us :)

  2. Dave Rx says:

    Oh yeah!

  3. Todd Dominey says:

    What are Adobe’s plans for WOFF and alternatives to Typekit?

    1. Nicole Minoza says:

      Hi Todd,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      “We can’t comment on future product plans — including our plans to license or otherwise create fonts in WOFF format. That said, I am a member (on behalf of Adobe) of the W3C’s Web Fonts Working Group, which is working to standardize WOFF, and it’s fair to say that Adobe is involved with that process and will continue to assess WOFF as it moves from its current status toward a true web standard.” [Christopher Slye, Typographic Staff Team Lead]

      As for your second question around alternatives to Typekit, “Adobe is just now embarking on a partnership with Typekit that we think will help bring richer experiences to the web. We spent no small amount of time looking at options and we are very excited about what the future holds for Adobe and Typekit working together. We expect significant changes in the next coming year, and we will continue to track and react to those changes by providing solutions. In the end, we will listen carefully to our customers, because ultimately type supports much of Adobe’s product ecosystem and its usage is important tour users. We would love to hear from you if you have any suggestions.” [Caleb Belohlavek, Principal Product Manager for Type]

      Cheers,
      Nicole Minoza

  4. Would be AWESOME if it wasn’t associated with costs per views. Bundling this with Google’s offering would have been perfect!

    Great to see the work though. Just wish the implementation were different.

  5. hnorbi says:

    This is really great news. From now I can use Myriad Pro, Garamond Pro and more great fonts for website design! Thanks Adobe!

  6. Rich says:

    Awesome! This may well inspire me to upgrade to a Portfolio account.

  7. Great news… I expect the Adobe team will introduce an Adobe web browser soon!

  8. Ngan says:

    Awesome, i’ve been waiting for Trajan font for quite sometime now. thanks adobe.

  9. Ammar Midani says:

    one man wolf-pack of fonts.

    Thanks

  10. Go Vicinity says:

    Can’t wait to get stuck into using some elegant fonts on the web as text finally rather than images. Cheers Adobe.

  11. Thats an interesting post for me. I am pretty sure Adobe Web Fonts will be next generation fonts we the designers will addict with.

  12. John Nolan says:

    Any plans to make small cap and osf versions available? Adobe Text, Chaparral and Garamond Premier would really benefit from them.

    1. Christopher Slye says:

      We have no plans to make separate fonts available for these typographic alternates. These glyphs are already part of the fonts on Typekit, but of course they are not accessible until OpenType layout features are supported by CSS and browsers. Fortunately, such feature support has been proposed in the current working draft for the CSS3 Fonts Module, and Adobe is fully supporting the effort to finalize and standardize the features that will allow access to popular OpenType layout features on the web.

  13. Kai says:

    Wow! Great!!!
    Finally I can use Myriad on a website without using SIFR!!!
    Thanks!

  14. John Nolan says:

    Thanks for that info, Christopher.

  15. Thanks a lot Adobe,I will be glad to use Myriad Pro, Garamond Pro fonts for website designing now.

  16. JD says:

    Berthold Akzidenz please

    1. Christopher Slye says:

      Unfortunately, that is not a typeface that Adobe owns.

  17. GL says:

    Great news, thanks. We’re just re-doing our site and really wanted to use Myriad, guess we can now

  18. Warner says:

    The world wide web keeps getting better and better!!!

    Thanks Adobe

  19. aditya says:

    Great news… Awesome , for many of us .

  20. Push says:

    what is the font used on this site?

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Christopher Slye

Type Licensing Manager for Adobe Typekit, and everything Type at Adobe since 1997. Board member of SOTA, which brings you TypeCon every year. Collector of rare compact discs.

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