Adobe Fonts

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Adobe Fonts
Adobe Typekit CC icon.svg
ManufacturerAdobe Systems
TypeDesign Service
Release dateNovember 9, 2009 (2009-11-09)
Introductory priceFree trial
Annual subscriptions
Online servicesEmbedded fonts

Adobe Fonts (formerly Typekit) is an online service which offers a subscription library of high-quality fonts.[1] The fonts may be used directly on websites or synced via Adobe Creative Cloud to applications on the subscriber's computers.[2]


Adobe Fonts is an online service which provides subscribers with access, under a single licensing agreement, to its font library.[3]

For web site use the service works with the @font-face CSS property and JavaScript.[1] Visitors to a web site who have disabled javascript in their browser will therefore not see the fonts.


Adobe Fonts was launched as Typekit in November 2009 by Small Batch, Inc.,[1] a company run by creators of the Google Analytics service.[4] In October 2011, the service was acquired by Adobe.[5] On 15 October 2018, Typekit changed its name to Adobe Fonts.[6]


Typotheque launched the first commercial webfont service in October 2009.[7]

Extensis introduced WebINK, another early webfont service, in the spring of 2010. In 2011, they added many fonts from Adobe to the service.[8] WebINK announced a shut down in June 2014, and closed in 2015.[9]

Google introduced a competing, free service named Google Fonts (originally Google Web Fonts) in May 2010.[10][11]

Clearleft and OmniTI launched Fontdeck in June 2010. It announced a shut down in late 2015, and closed completely a year later.[12][13]

Font Bureau and Ascender Corporation launched the Webtype service in October 2010.[14]

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  1. ^ a b c Beres, Ivan (November 11, 2009). "TypeKit launches, hopes to save typography on the Web". TechCrunch. Retrieved August 11, 2012.
  2. ^ Rechs, Matthew. "The fonts you love from Typekit, now on your desktop". Typekit Blog. Typekit. Retrieved January 16, 2014.
  3. ^ Veen, Jeffrey (May 27, 2009). "Introducing Typekit". Typekit. Retrieved August 12, 2012.
  4. ^ Catone, Josh (May 28, 2009). "Typekit Offers a New Approach to Fonts on the Web". Mashable. Retrieved August 11, 2012.
  5. ^ "Adobe Acquires Web Typography Innovator Typekit". October 3, 2011. Retrieved August 11, 2012.
  6. ^ "Time for a change: Typekit has become Adobe Fonts". Typekit Blog. October 15, 2018. Retrieved October 22, 2018.
  7. ^ "Typotheque —the first company to introduce Webfonts". October 20, 2009. Retrieved June 17, 2018.
  8. ^ Creative Pro (Marsh 31, 2011)[1]
  9. ^ [2]
  10. ^ "Introducing the Google Font API & Google Font Directory". Google Code. May 19, 2010. Retrieved August 11, 2012.
  11. ^ Johnson, Joshua (August 1, 2012). "A Beginner's Guide to Using Google Web Fonts". Design Shack. Retrieved August 11, 2012.
  12. ^ Fontdeck Blog (June 11, 2010). "Fontdeck is go!"
  13. ^ Web Design Ledger (November 23, 2015)[3]
  14. ^ Webtype Blog (October 27, 2010). “New Web Font Service Launched by Partnership of Experts”

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