New in Adobe Fonts: From Neutral to Novelty

by Sally Kerrigan

posted on 02-07-2019

Fonts are made with all kinds of different intentions for their usage. This month’s additions to the Adobe Fonts collection demonstrate this variation, ranging from neutral and all-purpose to quirky and specialized.

Everything here is part of the font collection (of thousands!) that you get with your Creative Cloud subscription. If you don’t see something you like here, browse our collection to see all the other options available.

Bookish style with Study

Study, by Jesse Ragan and Rudolph Ruzicka. Image courtesy of XYZ Type.

Study from Jesse Ragan and Rudolph Ruzicka at XYZ Type is aptly named as it looks just like the style of text you’d find in a weighty reference book, but with a bit of an edge to it — check out the extra bump on the lowercase p. What is that? We love it. And with six weights included in this font family, you’ll have the opportunity to adjust the volume to a level appropriate for your reading environment.

A ’70s classic for stylish branding

BC Alphapipe, digitized and expanded by Radek Sidun. Image courtesy of Briefcase Type.

If BC Alphapipe looks familiar to you, it could be because you’ve already seen the work of Czech graphic designer Jiří Rathouský, who originally designed this alphabet for a publishing house in the 1970s. This digitized, multi-weight version of it comes to us from Radek Sidun at Briefcase Type, the first in our subscription library from this foundry. We absolutely love the look of this one, and it’s a lot of fun to play with. For inspiration, see some of the original book covers Rathouský designed.

Omnes, now for Arabic and Cyrillic

Omnes Cyrillic (left) and Arabic (right). Image courtesy of Darden Studio.

Omnes is a perpetual winner for approachability in a typeface, and lately Darden Studio has been expanding its reach by introducing multiple widths and — new to us this month — Arabic and Cyrillic script coverage. We’ll have to start calling it a “superfamily” now! Omnes Arabic includes nine different weights, and Omnes Cyrillic also includes condensed, semicondensed, and narrow widths.

Stretch your limits with Newbery Sans

Newbery Sans from Sudtipos in four different styles: Super (Ultrathin and Condensed), Large (Extrabold and Expanded), Ultra (Ultrathin and Expanded), and Power (Extrabold and Condensed). Image from sudtipos.com.

The first thing that may strike you about Newbery Sans from Sudtipos is just how many styles there are, and indeed: seven weights, from thin up to extrabold, plus condensed and expanded width variations on all of those… plus italics, which are drawn separately from all the upright letters. (This is why we count italics as an additional style — it’s a lot of additional work.) The result here is a typeface that can embody a wide variety of different voices with ease, while those abruptly squared-off angles on the stems and descenders give it a distinct and consistent personality across all the styles.

From deep in the Adobe archives… RAD

Rad, in all its gnarly glory. Image by Anna Eshelman.

We can’t properly tell the story of Rad without setting the context that this font was originally completed in 1991, a contemporary of some of Adobe’s more out-there novelty fonts like Critter and Studz. The designer, John Ritter, was then a technician on the Adobe Type team who had never designed a font, and as far as we know, he never designed another one after this. It’s our pleasure to bring it to the light of day and into Creative Cloud.

Did you catch the part where I said these are all included with your Creative Cloud subscription? It’s true: all Creative Cloud subscriptions get you fonts, even the single-app subscriptions and the Photography plan. Sign in with your Adobe ID while you’re browsing, activate the fonts you like, and you’ll magically see them appear in the font menus of your desktop applications.

Topics: Creativity, Typography

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