An illustrated history of non-Latin typeface development at Adobe


Adobe introduced PostScript fonts in 1984, and as early as 1988 we began working with Morisawa, a leading Japanese type foundry, to get their designs into the new font format. Minion Cyrillic, released in 1992, was Robert Slimbach’s and Adobe’s first foray into typeface development for any script other than Latin. In the intervening 22 years since, Adobe has added Greek and Cyrillic to many of its new releases. In 1997, Adobe released its first new Japanese type family, Kozuka Mincho. By 2000, Adobe began to commission typefaces for other scripts including Arabic, Hebrew, Thai and Devanagari, being driven by Adobe applications entering a wider market. Within the past few years, Adobe has tripled its offering of type families for Middle Eastern scripts, has embarked on an ambitious program to develop fonts for the top ten languages of India, and has continued to add to the list of writing systems supported in its library. Paul will discuss the rationales, challenges, and rewards to Adobe for venturing into the world beyond the Latin-centric type.