Adobe 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
ManufacturerAdobe Systems
TypeDesign Service
Release dateNovember 9, 2009 (2009-11-09)
Introductory priceFree trial
Annual subscriptions
Online servicesEmbedded fonts


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]

See also


  1. 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)
  9. "Introducing the Google Font API & Google Font Directory". Google Code. May 19, 2010. Retrieved August 11, 2012.
  10. Johnson, Joshua (August 1, 2012). "A Beginner's Guide to Using Google Web Fonts". Design Shack. Retrieved August 11, 2012.
  11. Fontdeck Blog (June 11, 2010). "Fontdeck is go!"
  12. Web Design Ledger (November 23, 2015)
  13. Webtype Blog (October 27, 2010). “New Web Font Service Launched by Partnership of Experts”
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