The Adobe Cronos story

The players in this story are a highly original 1987 font family by Kuester called Today Sans Serif (available from Mannesmann-ScanGraphic) and a 1997 Adobe font family called Cronos developed by Adobe's Robert Slimbach. The story was reconstructed from postings on the Type designers Forum in August 1999. All text in [..] was added by me to clarify some things. The people mentioned in this story include David Lemon (an ex-Adobe employee, now at Adobe again), Carol Twombly (another Adobe type designer, now ex-Adobe), and independent type designers and type specialists Joe Treacy, Bill Troop and Hrant Papazian.

Bill Troop got the ball rolling with the following statement:

Hrant H. Papazian adds:

Bill Troop then provides more historical detail, and should make us all think hard about the silence imposed by the big companies on its employees:

Now, here is the text at Adobe's web page for Cronos: Created by Adobe type designer Robert Slimbach, Cronos is a new sans serif typeface family that embodies the warmth and readability of oldstyle roman typefaces. Because it derives much of its appearance from the calligraphically inspired type of the Italian Renaissance, [wow: no acknowledgment of Today!!!] Cronos has an almost handwritten appearance, setting it apart from most other sans serif designs and making it an effective choice for text composition. The italic design was inspired by early chancery style italics and is both elegant and distinguished. [again, no credit!!!] U.S. Patent Design 400,913. [booh to the patent office]

Luc Devroye