Arno™ is a humanistic serif typeface based on 15th and 16th century typeface styles. The Arno font family was designed by Robert Slimbach of Adobe Systems and released in 2007 and incorporates an extensive range of glyphs. It was included as a bundled font in many Adobe products.
The name for this font family comes from the river running through the Italian city of Florence. The city itself is famous for renaissance architecture and with it the typography that became unique to the period. The 15th and 16th centuries were a time of great change and this was reflected in just about every aspect of life, including the printed word.
Robert Slimbach, long-term principal designer at Adobe when he developed Arno, was interested in making a modern font family that although had inherent features of the Renaissance era, would be modern enough to be functional. Slimbach paid close attention to detail as with all his designs and the resulting Arno font family has become a reflection of the way text was reproduced in traditional Venetian and Aldine Press books. In particular, Arno took influence from the early typeface named after Frenchman Jensen a renowned typesetter who worked mainly in Venice in the 15th century. He designed a specific typeface called Adobe Jensen® which embodied the Renaissance style of this printer.
The original renaissance typefaces were used to print mostly Latin so the design and kerning of letters was appropriate to that language. The Arno typeface is a modern version of this design so was kerned with European letter combinations and ligatures in mind. The outline of Arno is extremely crisp and somehow Slimbach has created a totally modernized version of these older typefaces without losing their heritage.
Metal foundry types as used in books of the renaissance do not digitize well, causing uprights to appear thin and out of proportion resulting in reduced legibility. The Arno typeface addresses this shortcoming and places a little more emphasis in the stroke widths of affected letters. The Arno font family is a very polished and perfect rendition of a Renaissance typeface retaining the flowing style, improving readability and with the added bonus of such a vast collection of styles, weights and widths within the Arno font family.
With such an extensive glyph set, the Arno font family is very usable in every European language. The 5 optical sizes available within the design make it especially useful for those typesetting book covers. The large sizes make it ideal for use in creating larger versions of Jensen/Aldine style fonts, which are notoriously difficult to enlarge in an appealing way. Arno is bundled with some Adobe products so no doubt it has found its way into millions of documents worldwide. It is useful for producing all sorts of content as Slimbach has managed to add a timeless quality to the design that will ensure the Arno font family’s continued popular use.
Specifically, Arno is a good way of introducing a classic look to a brochure, some appropriate signage lettering for historic places but most of all to represent older texts in the correct visual design context that they were intended to be read in. This means works from the renaissance in whatever language, can be reproduced in a readable and understandable typeface while still looking authentic. Arno fonts would also be suitable for both body and title text in book publishing and for revivalist publications.
Licenses for desktop fonts
A typical desktop font EULA will allow you to install the font on your computer for use with authoring tools including word processors, design tools and other applications that permit font selection. Fonts can also be used for creation of print documents, static images (JPEG, TIFF, PNG) and logos. The cost of a desktop font license is determined by the number of workstations on which the font is to be used.View the desktop EULA for this family
Licenses for Fonts.com Web Fonts subscriptions
The Fonts.com Web Fonts license provides access to a selection of fonts for use on websites for use with CSS@font-face. Font delivery from our global network is available through all subscriptions – even our free plan. Some plans include the option to self-host, access to desktop fonts, and use of our FontExplorer X font manager and Typecast design application. The price of a plan is determined by its pageview allowance and other features included.View the Fonts.com Web Fonts subscription license agreement
Licenses for mobile apps
A mobile app license permits the embedding of the font into the iOS, Android or Windows RT mobile platforms. Licenses are platform-specific meaning a separate license is required for each platform the font is embedded into. Licenses remain valid for the total operating life of the app and a new license is not required to cover free updates to the app.Learn more about licenses for mobile apps
Licenses for electronic publications (eBooks)
An electronic publication license can be used for the embedding of fonts into electronic documents including e-books, e-magazines and e-newspapers. A license covers only a single title but is valid for the full operating life of that title. Every issue of an e-magazine, e-newspaper or other form of e-periodical is considered a separate, new publication. Format variations do not count as separate publications. If a publication is updated and distributed to existing users, a new license is not required. However, updated versions issued to new customers are defined as new publications and require a separate license.Learn more about licenses for eBooks
Server licenses authorize the installation of a font on a server that is accessed by remote users or website visitors. These licenses are commonly used by Web-based businesses providing goods that are personalized by its users such as business cards, images with captions and personalized merchandise. Users are not allowed to download the font file and the font may not be used outside the server environment. The font may not be employed for a software as a service (SaaS) application in which the service is the actual product and not the means of providing the product. Server licenses cover a set number of CPU cores on production servers (development servers are not counted) on which the font is installed. The license is valid for 1 year.Learn more about server licenses