New fonts and a new look for Adobe Fonts foundries
by Yves Peters
Published on 10-14-2020
Summer is over, and everybody’s gearing up to end the year on a high note. What better way than with a fresh typographic look, thanks to over 200 new fonts from our foundry partners. We’ve also added new website features that allow foundries to showcase their typefaces while elevating their brand presence.
Foundry partners, now in full detail
Adobe is proud to work with the world’s premier type foundries to give you access to a diverse collection of fonts. There are now more ways than ever for users to connect to our foundry partners and learn more about the people behind the fonts.
For starters, feast your eyes on typographic eye candy created by the foundries themselves. Images throughout the Adobe Fonts site show the versatility of the fonts and may even impart inspiration for your creative use cases.
Newly enhanced foundry detail pages include social media links for both the foundries and their contributing designers, so that you can keep up with their creative pursuits and connect through channels like Behance, Instagram or Twitter.
We’ve also revamped the licensing section on every font page to clearly show you what your Adobe Fonts license allows. Although our library covers you for most common font uses, you can now find a direct link to the foundry for additional licensing options. Our partners are happy to hear from Adobe customers and accommodate your requests.
Font diner cooks up tasty handwritten fonts
After learning about our site updates are you in the mood for a tasty type snack? Let Font Diner’s delicious fonts satiate your typographic hunger.
When Stuart Sandler launched his independent type foundry in 1996, it soon gained a solid reputation as a source for retro fonts inspired by 1950s popular culture. Font Diner’s first course served on Adobe Fonts is a buffet of scripts and handwritten fonts in a variety of styles. From casual to formal, the Pro versions of these fonts have been expanded and enhanced with additional characters and dynamic OpenType features to bring a genuine handwritten appearance to print and screen.
If you wish to capture the sensation of writing with a felt tip marker without ruining your computer screen, Permanent Marker Pro is almost like the real thing—you’ll only miss the smell. Use it to communicate in a casual yet powerful voice.
Rock Salt Pro was hand-crafted with a fine felt-tip marker for a zippy hand-lettered look. It provides the perfect digital solution for the energetic, analog feel of a quickly scribbled note.
Are you more of a ballpoint pen kind of person? Homemade Apple Pro mimics its typical texture in a warm, beautifully written cursive script. Capture the cozy friendliness of a note from your grandma or favorite aunty.
Written by the finest lettering artist in the 2nd Grade, Schoolbell Pro is a delightfully playful hand-printed schoolscript that dances on the baseline. It looks disarming and sweet in a relaxed context.
Seaweed Script Pro is a rustic tropical beachside script with slightly irregular outlines, fitting when you want a formal script that isn’t too formal. The typeface feels equally at home on packaging with a retro feel as on invitations and postcards.
Inspired by calligraphic forms from the Victorian and Art Deco time periods, the dapper Rochester Pro is dressed to the nines and ready for action. The elegant sign painter script is a commercial Jack of all trades, fit for everything from vintage-looking advertising and packaging to awnings and store windows.
Briefcase type carries five new type families to Adobe Fonts
A logical extension of Suitcase Type Foundry, Briefcase Type offers Czech type designers an option for publishing and marketing their own fonts without setting up a type foundry. After they dipped a toe in Adobe Fonts’ welcoming waters with the inventive geometric display sans BC Alphapipe, Briefcase Type adds five new families to the mix.
Don’t let its deceptively clean appearance fool you. Several design details like the simplified a, j, m, n, and t, and the italics’ pronounced slant distinguish Novatica from other fonts in a similar style. With five weights with matching italics and a large character set that supports Latin Extended and Cyrillic, BC Novatica is engineered for corporate communication, branding, editorial, and—of course—broadcast and online content.
Not every sans serif needs to be all-purpose, however; sometimes you need a not-so-neutral font family to make a bold statement. BC Liguria shows that there is room for radical innovation in the sans serif genre without impeding on the usability of the typeface.
Designer Jan Novák disassembled the letterforms into individual character parts and recombined them in novel and resourceful ways, creating an exciting design by embracing the principles of fragmentation and shift. The absence of fine details helps BC Liguria stay surprisingly readable in small sizes. Use it to design eye-catching posters and covers, art and architecture magazines, and anything that needs to steer away from the norm.
BC Sklonar was originally designed for exclusive use in Zdeněk Sklenář’s “S” Gallery corporate identity, conceived by Studio Najbrt in 2011. The condensed design exhibits an unexpectedly artistic personality that brings a fresh approach to monospace typography, which is usually geared towards technical typesetting and computer coding. Its persistent rhythm is ideal for, but not limited to, modular design solutions and programming.
BC Mikser, the other monospace font in this batch, has an even more pronounced personality. This exciting design represents a drastic move away from the rigidness of typewriter fonts. Oval shapes and unusual proportions cause letterforms to defy expectations, creating a wholly new typographic experience. As the typeface requires a classification of its own, maybe it also needs a radically new way of designing. Apply it in situations where type needs to line up vertically but never timidly.
In the same spirit of experimentation, BC Rebecca fearlessly reinvents gothic styles from times gone by. In lieu of conventional type weights, the font family comes in four unique styles that subtly change its personality from the Ordinary and Obsolete to Sharp and Grim. The design calls for new categories like avant-garde heavy metal or arcane mathcore in magazine design, apparel, advertising, and branding.
Retro flavor from JTD, Plau, and The Northern Block
“Retro” can mean many things, depending on how far back in history you go. JTD time-travels all the way to medieval times when blackletter reigned, but puts a decidedly contemporary twist on the type style. Its letter proportions and stroke widths make Elfreth find the perfect balance between ancient and modern. With weights ranging from Light to Black, the typeface is built to adorn sportswear, energy drinks, cutting-edge editorial projects, music promotion, and more.
Brazilian foundry Plau traveled back only a few decades to find inspiration in disco, psychedelia, and reverse-contrast western style for Salsero. There is not one single straight line to be found in the bubbly, retro-funky display face. This curvaceous beauty will make your posters, magazine spreads, album covers, and candy wrappers pop.
English foundry The Northern Block also references vintage design trends, updating them for modern times. Aesthet Nova carries in its DNA the soft serif type designs from the early twentieth century that were so popular in the seventies. The small, rounded serifs make the letterforms look like they were delicately eroded over time, acquiring a refined patina and a friendly warmth. Aesthet Nova will lend an inviting, personable look to food packaging and wellness products, book covers and editorial projects, and commercial messages.
The Northern Block’s take on the historic English blackletter model is inspired by the creativity of the leading English Caslon Foundry. Luke takes all the best elements from what is also called “broken script” and pours them into a clean, contemporary type family. It comes in four variations from half-filled to solid, and can be used in sizes big to small thanks to hairlines of varying widths. As the lines become less thin, they hold up better in decreasing type sizes.
Are you looking for a typeface for the nameplate of your school paper, or do you need to design a T-shirt for a punk rock band or a beer label for your local micro-brewery? Luke is here for you.
Büro Destruct destroys bland typography
If there is one thing you can’t accuse Swiss graphic design studio Büro Destruct of, it’s creating run-of-the-mill fonts. Their wildly original type designs stand out from the crowd when used on record sleeves, magazines, titling sequences for film and television, fashion prints, and websites.
Just like a virtuoso jazz solo, BD Micron Font first deconstructs and then reassembles the pixels that make up the letterforms to create freeform variations on the alphabet. The irregular shapes, the placement of the pixels, and the way some forms connect while others stay separated creates an adventurous typographic texture. Recreate the singular appeal of computer glitches with five widths that allow you to accommodate different line lengths and surface areas.
The variations in thick and thin distribution give the display face a good-natured, joyous personality. Key characters come with stylistic alternates to render BD Kickrom Mono even more playful. Deploy it in children’s literature and comic books, in apps and games, and on T-shirts and posters.
Kostić And Nova Type Foundries add subtly different type designs
Serbian Kostić Type Foundry released the versatile new sans serif family Allotrope. Its name—meaning the property of somechemical elements to exist in two or more different forms, in the same physicalstate—beautifully encapsulates the design concept. As their weight increases, the inner shapes of the letters become more square, thus creating an interesting tension with the round outer shapes. This not only lends the sans serif a distinct personality; it also helps to render on screens. Ten weights from Thin to Heavy, each with matching italics, give the typeface an extensive range of expression. Allotrope feels equally at ease in print and on-screen, in sizes big or small.
Portuguese Nova Type Foundry’s recent release Alga is a high-contrast modern serif typeface with a contemporary look. Elegant curves and leaf-shaped curve endings give it an almost calligraphic look that makes the letters sparkle and shine in display sizes. Adopt it in editorial design to create charming, lively titles and headlines, and appealing short-to-medium length bursts of copy. Alga also looks delicious on high-end food packaging and seductive in branding for cosmetic and fashion products.
Originally a single bold weight to complement the excellent low-contrast book face Artigo, Artigo Display was expanded to a family of six. Its narrow, subtly angular characters look like they have been chiseled, lending the script-like display face an energetic, vibrant appearance. Artigo Display will liven up any display setting that requires a space-saving solution while still packing a punch. Use it on a book cover, in a magazine, on a postcard, or on a poster.
A typographic smorgasbord from Sudtipos
Sudtipos offers both quality and quantity with this update. The Argentinian foundry adds another thirteen typefaces to Adobe Fonts, ranging from calligraphic and sign painter scripts to forceful display type and geometric sans serifs.
Elegant and refined, Compendium channels the breathtaking 19th century American penmanship exemplified by Platt Rogers Spencer. With exquisite contrast, delicate hairlines, and vertiginous flourishes, words set in this calligraphic script dance on the page or the screen. Assume the mantle of an expert scribe and lift up your stationery, invitations, and postcards to dizzying new heights with the countless variations accessible through rich OpenType features.
Seashore Pro got its name from the wave-like rhythm created by the thicker bottom strokes. Loosely based on an eccentric left-leaning 19th-century penmanship style, the peculiar design conjures up an almost Arabic feeling. Because its distinguished style, Seashore Pro sends a message of true refinement in names and addresses on formal invitations, in menus and food packaging, or in a fashion or beauty context.
If you wish to be less formal and more approachable, Looking Flowers has you covered. This delightful collection has a little bit of everything: a curly casual script, a cute all-caps sans, and a gallery of frames, borders, and other decorative elements. Are you into storytelling on social media or a fan of scrapbooking? Do you design packaging or postcards? Look no further, Looking Flowers will inspire and delight your followers.
Based on fantastic calligraphy by Alf Becker, arguably the greatest American sign lettering artist of all time, Buffet Script is the digital interpretation of a nameless alphabet published by Sign of the Times magazine in 1941. Because the alphabet showing was a jungle of letters running into each other and intertwining swashes, it needed to be redrawn stroke by stroke and curve by curve on the computer. The resulting font creates fascinating flowing calligraphy with intricate connections and swashes, a formal script that isn’t too formal. Use it with abandon in advertising and packaging, and on fabric and even on your skin.
Rooted in another—incomplete—Alf Becker alphabet sample, Storefront Pro imagines what talented American sign painters of the 1920s and 1930s could have created if they had access to today‘s advanced lettering and type technology. Yet, the script ended up being more influenced by its designer Alejandro Paul’s frequent supermarket visits than by actual historical models. True to Paul’s ceaseless attempts at giving digital type that elusive handwritten impression, Storefront Pro offers a thousand glyphs for your branding, packaging, and sign making pleasure.
The brush script Calgary Script was primarily inspired by a Welcome To Calgary sign greeting the visitors to the Canadian metropolis. Outfitted with numerous ligatures, alternates, and flourishes, the typeface turns you into an accomplished sign painter. From the packaging of the products to the signs in the supermarket itself, Calgary Script is a commercial powerhouse that is also perfectly comfortable on flyers, posters, and apparel.
Now that we’ve arrived in the grocery section, Ciabatta was designed by Xavier Dupré whose typefaces grace more food packaging than we can count. Sitting somewhere between a casual serif and a script, the typeface takes advantage of the best aspects each type style has to offer. Five weights with matching italics give you the necessary expressive range. Ciabatta is ideal for conveying a relaxed, amiable atmosphere in advertising, packaging, and editorial design.
The inspiration for Hot Salsa came from narrow brush letters that are typical in casual sign painting, spiced up with the vigorous gestural quality of tags found on walls all around the world. Countless sessions with a brush pen on paper—lots of paper—produced characters that were carefully digitized to preserve the handmade feeling in a readable and performant font. A multitude of swashes, ligatures, and alternates allow the user to dress up or down the design.
Salamat was informed by the time its designer Joluvian spent in the Philippines. What started as quick sketches evolved into an expressive, stylized script with energetic, generous outstrokes and swashes. The typeface offers the user absolute freedom to play with words and short sentences by taking advantage of the various contextual ligatures and alternates, swash capitals, initial and final letters, and many variants for each character.
Whereas Salamat exudes speed, Atocha—also designed by Joluvian—adopts a more laid back attitude. The upright script, drawn with a wet brush, pays tribute to the Spanish capital Madrid where Joluvian currently resides with his friend and partner. The idea for Atocha sprang up during the final phases of its predecessor Salamat, a typical dynamic in the artistic process where each finished product provides the spark for the next project. Atocha has the same wealth of typographic niceties built in, and comes with an all-caps companion font.
While Sporty Pro’s name gives a clear indication of its intended use, its use should not be limited to only the sportsworld. The typeface’s four flavors can be accessed with Stylistic Sets. The all-caps blocky display sans not only comes in seven weights from Thin to Black, it also offers several stylistic variants: four Inline weights and two shaded versions: Shadow and Shadow Inline. Get ready to make a strong impression.
As their name suggests, Dystopian and Utopian are two sides of the same coin. Dystopian is a geometric sans serifthat is a little more geometric than most. Taking its cue from the more experimental alphabets borne out of the legendary Bauhaus school of design, the typeface removed all curves in specific characters, replacing them with strictly square letterforms. This allows the user to infuse what could be straightforward text with a little excitement and adventure.
While Dystopian can be used in moderation for text purposes too, Utopian is a pure display face. The geometric capitals come both in simple black and as OpenType-SVG color fonts. Their decoration crosses time periods and art movements, from early-twentieth-century Art Deco to eighties postmodernism to current chromatic typesetting.
New fonts from the Type Network Partners
Type Network connects people who love working with great type to the people who make it. They gather some of the world’s best and most sought-after independent type foundries and designers under one umbrella, offering a carefully chosen collection of their typefaces. Type Network’s diverse catalog features fonts for any project, from branding and editorial design to websites and apps.
An expert in typography for branding who has collaborated with major agencies, Miles Newlyn addresses specific styles and moods in his typefaces that can be applied to everything from visual identities and editorial projects to branding and advertising. Do you find contemporary sans serifs too plain or slick? New Reason’s generous capitals and comparatively narrow lowercase reference the robust designs of historical neo-grotesque faces. The refined retro details in this modern, performant font family give your design that little edge that will distinguish you from the competition.
Type-Ø-Tones impart a sunny Latin flavor to their typefaces. As its name suggests, Brushland is a connected script whose letters were drawn with a paintbrush. The irregular outlines offset against the persistent rhythm and consistent design of the letterforms. The variations in thick and thin strokes look dynamic, and clever OpenType features insert autoamatic ligatures and variants for a true handwritten feel. Brushland will bring a lively, spirited mood to your packaging, advertising, apparel, social media posts, and cards and invitations.
Type-Ø-Tones’ other script in this release is Memimas Pro. Its design is based on the handwriting taught in Spanish primary schools, yet its use is not limited to children’s books and other publications aimed at young readers. The gentle connected script with soft letterforms and round stroke endings also looks great on cards, packaging, and more. The dotted versions, originally meant as a tracing model for pupils to learn how to properly write, can be used as-is to great effect.
Barbieri’s casual, compressed letterforms are based on an original hand-drawn alphabet on the cover of a Deutsche Grammophon edition of Der Barbier von Bagdad. Retype’s Ramiro Espinoza turned the German lettering, typical for the 1950s and ’60s, into a contemporary type family of five weights and an Inline style. The playful, expressive display sans will feel perfectly at home on video games, children’s books, apps, toys, T-shirts, logos, packaging, posters, greeting cards, and cover art.
IvyPresto is The Ivy Foundry’s first type family in multiple optical sizes. Instead of having a single, fit-for-all typeface, the family consists of three subfamilies, each of which were optimized to be used at specific size ranges. IvyPresto Text was designed for immersive reading, with wider letterforms, looser spacing, and sturdier serifs for better readability in small type sizes. IvyPresto Headline has finer features and a snug fit for elegant titles and headlines. The crisp, tightly fit IvyPresto Display is meant for the largest sizes—it sparkles and shines on the page. Together, the IvyPresto font family is an editorial powerhouse, the perfect choice for newspapers and magazines, newsletters and books.
Whether you’re a professional, a hobbyist, a student, or a type enthusiast, all these new typefaces give you the opportunity to change up your typographic repertoire and freshen up your text stylings. So ditch any tired old fonts and dress up your communication in exciting new digs. You can do this at no cost—these fonts are free to activate and use in all your documents, in print and on-screen. Have fun designing!
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