Source Sans

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Source Sans Pro
ClassificationGrotesque sans-serif, Humanist sans-serif
Designer(s)Paul D. Hunt
FoundryAdobe Inc.
Date created2012
LicenseSIL Open Font License
Design based on
Latest release versionv3.028
Latest release dateSeptember 7, 2020; 13 months ago (2020-09-07)

Source Sans Pro is a sans serif typeface created by Paul D. Hunt for Adobe.[1] It is the first open-source font family from Adobe, distributed under the SIL Open Font License.[2][3]

The typeface is inspired by the forms of the American Type Founders' gothics by Morris Fuller Benton, such as News Gothic, Lightline Gothic and Franklin Gothic, modified with both a larger x-height and character width and more humanist-influenced italic forms.[4] It is available in six weights (Regular, ExtraLight, Light, Semibold, Bold, Black) in upright and italic styles, and is also available as a variable font with continuous weight values from 200 to 900.[5] The typeface has wide language support for Latin script, including Western and Eastern European languages, Vietnamese, pinyin Romanization of Chinese, and Navajo.[2] Adobe's training material highlights it as having a more consistent colour on the page than the rather condensed News Gothic it is based on.[6][7]

See also[edit]

  • Benton Sans – another commercial Benton revival, optimised for various weights, widths and optical masters for various sizes of text
  • Trade Gothic – Linotype's competing design

Adobe's open source family[edit]


  1. ^ Paul, Ryan (3 August 2012). "Adobe releases Source Sans Pro, a new open source font". Ars Technica. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  2. ^ a b Hunt, Paul D. (2 August 2012). "Source Sans Pro: Adobe's first open source type family". Adobe Typekit Blog. Adobe Systems Incorporated. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  3. ^ Gilbertson, Scott (3 August 2012). "Source Sans Pro: Adobe's First Open Source Type Family". Webmonkey. Wired. Retrieved 28 June 2014.
  4. ^ Rugen, Chris. "Source Sans review". Typographica. Retrieved 11 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Variable Fonts — Source Sans Variable".
  6. ^ "Source Sans Pro: Adobe's first open source type family". TypeKit. Retrieved 30 September 2014.
  7. ^ Brown, Tim. "Selecting Typefaces for Body Text". Typekit Practice. Adobe Systems. Retrieved 28 July 2018. Source Sans has an obviousness and toughness similar to News Gothic, but with a much more even color. Its letterforms are wider and more widely spaced, more modest than monumental, which makes sense in a body text setting....News Gothic is not a good choice of body text typeface. Certain letter combinations are very dense, and the overall color is not even.

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