Source Sans Pro was designed by Paul D. Hunt as Adobe’s first open source typeface family, conceived primarily as a typeface for user interfaces. Source Sans Pro draws inspiration from the clarity and legibility of twentieth-century American gothic typeface designs. Distilling the best archetypical qualities of these models, Paul followed a rational design approach by simplifying glyph shapes by paring them to their essential form. However, in order to more easily differentiate similar letter shapes (such as uppercase I and lowercase L), some additional details have been added. Besides providing such explicitly clarity in short text strings, another fundamental design consideration was to create a typeface that reads well in extended settings. This can be seen in the general proportions: Source Sans Pro has been designed with a more generous width than many other comparable gothics, and its shorter majuscule letters, combined with minuscule letters with longer extenders, create a more pleasant reading texture in longer text passages.
- Harmonizes glyph set between Roman and Italic styles (with the exception of small capitals)
- Adds Cyrillic and Greek to italic fonts
- Adds Bulgarian Cyrillic support to fonts
- Adjusts the sizing of geometric shapes
- Changes florin (U+0192) to letter form
- Fixes broken Greek transliteration character sequence for macron + acute (uni0304 + uni0301)
- Fixes issue with glyphs not reachable by feature
- Restores caron alternate (caroncmb.a)
- Adds support for ERASE TO THE RIGHT (U+2326)
- Adds COPYLEFT sign (U+1F12F)
- Adds diacritics for Pe̍h-ōe-jī (U+030D, U+0358)
- Adds support for two IPA superscripts: h hook and glottal stop modifiers (U+02B1, U+02C0)
- Adds lookupflag IgnoreMarks to kern feature
Design: Paul D. Hunt
Publisher: Adobe Systems Incorporated
Copyright 2010-2019 by Adobe Systems Incorporated, with Reserved Font Name ‘Source’. All rights reserved.
License: SIL OPEN FONT LICENSE
Paul D. Hunt began his type design career at P22 Type Foundry, where he joined as an intern in winter 2004. He was subsequently hired on as a designer and font developer. At P22, Paul was able to explore the basics of lettering-based type design. There he also experimented with drawing non-Latin typeforms for Cyrillic and Greek, and even collaborated with Jim Rimmer on a font for Canadian syllabics. Of these designs, P22 Allyson was awarded the Honor Diploma for the Excellence in Type Design by ParaType in their Modern Cyrillic 2009 design competition. It was at P22 that Paul began to develop an appreciation for good, interesting text faces. Paul continued his journey in type at the University of Reading, UK. There he gained experience in drawing letterforms for setting text and furthered his exploration into non-Latin type design, focusing on Devanagari script. He completed his Masters work in spring 2008, for which he was awarded the distinction of Merit. Paul joined the Adobe type team in January 2009 as a typeface designer and font developer and continues to hone his skills in letter drawing and non-Latin type development.
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