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An open letter to John Warnock [Andrei Michael Herasimchuk]

On August 28, 2006, ex-Adobe employee and designer Andrei Michael Herasimchuk asks John Warnock to please release a set of core fonts in the public domain. Part of his request: Please consider releasing eight to twelve core fonts into the public domain. The amount of revenue lost from a small core set of fonts surely can't have a significant impact on Adobes bottom line. And the gesture of releasing such a set into the public domain would have many positive ripple effects for years to come. I'm sure many designers have a different list of what those eight might be. I know my list would include the likes of Adobe Caslon Pro, Adobe Jenson Pro, Franklin Gothic, Frutiger, Futura, Gill Sans, Helvetica Neue, Univers and your new namesake, Warnock Pro. I know other designers would have a slightly different list. I'm not sure what is the best way to determine a list of core fonts, but I know I'd be happy if you sat down with the typographers from Adobe and made the decision amongst yourselves which fonts would be deserving of becoming part of the core set for the next millennium. I'm sure I'd agree with whatever Robert Slimbach and the other typographers at Adobe would choose for such a set. By releasing a few core fonts into the public domain, the next step would be get both Steve Jobs and Steve Ballmer to include these fonts in the Mac and Windows operating systems, including them into their next system updates.

An open letter to John Warnock
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file name: Robert Slimbch Adobe Jenson

file name: Robert Slimbach Adobe Jenson Pro 1996 Poster by Gabriela Da Costa 2014

file name: Robert Slimbach Adobe Jenson Pro 1995 2000

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