Font Folio Education Essentials & AIGA

Adobe today launched a new font package, which I’m very pleased with: Font Folio Education Essentials. We worked with the good people at AIGA (American Institute for the Graphic Arts) to come up with the best bundle we could for educators and students. Estimated street price for this package of 500 fonts is USD $149 for a single user (with volume discounts available for schools). Read about it here.

However, one thing that seems to be missing from all the PR bumpf is an actual… list of what fonts the product comprises. I’m sure we can remedy that in the official pages, but in the meantime, here’s my listing of the font bundle:

By family (PDF)
Individual fonts listing (text)
Both by family and font (Excel spreadsheet, see both tabs)

I really enjoyed working on this with the good folks from the AIGA. They had a strong vision of what was needed, and we were able to work with them to figure out how best to implement it.

We do have another education package, the little-known Type Classics for Learning. This is also some 500 fonts, and is only $99, or about $50 for large-scale licensing (e.g. a classroom). However, trying to keep the price to an absolute minimum restricted which fonts we could include in that package, due to royalty issues. That’s great for really tight budgets, but for students and institutions that can afford the slightly higher price of Font Folio Education Essentials, I think it offers a much more rounded collection including more “big name typefaces.”

8 Responses

  1. Michael says:

    Hello, has the new ‘type classics for learning’ been updated in the meantime to the new fontversions (with afdko 2)?Is this package available outside the us, too?[Not updated yet, but it will be shortly. Currently the new package is not available outside the US, but if it is well received, it will be made available elsewhere. – T]

  2. Will this be available in Europe or is it possible to buy in in the North American shop if your in Europe?[It’s currently only in the North American store, but if it does well, it will soon be made available elsewhere. Not sure if you can shop the NA store from abroad – probably not, unless you fool it into thinking you’re in NA. – T]

  3. Is this available in Australia now?[No, sorry. Presumably because this product was set up as a collaboration with the AIGA, it’s currently distributed only in North America (and of course only via the Education “channel”).- David L]

  4. David says:

    Hi, the links on this page are now broken (the PDF, text, and Excel font lists). Any chance you could fix them? Thanks.

    1. The links have been restored. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Also, note that the actual product page, whose URL is provided in the post above, now includes a PDF file that specifies all of the fonts that are included. Click here to get it.

  5. David says:

    Thanks a lot!

  6. Tim says:

    I just ordered the Font Folio essentials, thinking I would get the full package as described for the Font Folio 11.1. I couldn’t see a font list other than the one listed for Font Folio 11.1, and so I assumed that the student version contained the same fonts as the standard.

    After I ordered, I found this page, and I was pretty disappointed to see that the selection of fonts (typefaces) is much, much smaller. Since I already own InDesign CS4 (student edition), I already own 2/3 of the typefaces you list on your PDF, including the “big names.”

    Your “Read about it here” link to the actual product links to the main product, not the student product, so it shows the full list of fonts. When you click on the link to Font Folio Education Essentials in the education store ( you also get a link to the full product page. So, I cannot see anywhere on the Adobe page that describes the contents of the Font Folio package, other than your blog post.

    I think the contents of the Font Essentials package needs to be better explained on Adobe’s page itself. Also, people are going to be deceived by the claim of 500 fonts. I know that every variant (bold, italic, bold italic) counts as a font, but in the parlance of our times, font means typeface. I really only purchased 25 typefaces, which sounds very different from 500 fonts.

    I will be returning the Font Essentials package as soon as I receive it (Adobe doesn’t let me cancel my order while it’s in process).

    1. Steve Ross says:

      Hi Tim,

      Thank you for your post. We have alerted our web team to the issue, and they are currently working to remedy this errant link. We very much appreciate you bringing this to our attention, and we will soon be adding a font list to the page. In the meantime, anyone can go to this link for more information on Font Folio Education Essentials Student Teacher Edition (we know, that name’s a mouthful!)

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Thomas Phinney

Adobe type alumnus (1997–2008), now VP at FontLab, also helped create WebINK at Extensis. Lives in Portland (OR), enjoys board games, movies, and loves spicy food.

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