The Utopia™ font family is an Adobe Originals ™ Didone serif typeface that was designed by Adobe Systems employee Robert Slimbach in 1989. The Utopia typeface combines the pronounced stroke contrast and the vertical stress of eighteenth century transitional typefaces like Walbaum ™ and Baskerville ™ with modern advances in stroke detail and character shape. The Utopia font is available in four weights, a titling font, and an expert collection. Utopia is versatile, flexible, and ideal for many applications from advertising to newspaper and book publishing to corporate communications.
The Utopia font family is a Didone serif typeface that was created by Robert Slimbach and released in 1989. Slimbach was an employee of Adobe Systems, and in addition to working as a typographer, is an accomplished photographer and calligrapher. A Didone serif typeface is a particular classification that is recognized by the Association Typographique Internationale that is characterized by slab-like serif, strong contrast between thick and thin lines, thick vertices on characters, and a contemporary, austere appearance.
The Utopia font family bears the distinction of being one of the first typefaces that are part of a collection that is now known as Adobe Originals. Adobe Originals was incepted at the height of the desktop publishing movement in 1989. Contemporary versions of the Utopia font family have been released in the Open Type ™ format. This new release typically has more than the basic two ligatures, weights, small capitals and optical variants, for what has come to be known as an ‘expert set’.
When designing Utopia, Slimbach had the intention of solving several typographical issues in regards to office correspondence. To do this, he wanted to create a font that was versatile, and that featured cuts for titles and text, and an extra bold for headlining. Utopia also has all caps with numerals, small caps, fractions, old face numerals, scientific markings, and ligatures. These forms, and Utopia’s aesthetic appeal, make it an elegant and balanced typeface that is well-suited for a number of applications.
The Utopia typeface has a bit of a controversial past. In 1992, Utopia was donated by Adobe Systems to the X Consortium, to be used in the X Window System ™. The X Window System is a popular environment for UNIX ™ work stations. At the time, controversy arose about Utopia’s license in regards to the status of Utopia font files as free software. Some distributors, looking to avoid being sued, opted to clearly state that the license for Utopia was not clear. This prevented Utopia from being re-distributed with modifications.
In 2006, Adobe donated a version of the Utopia font to the Tex Users Group with regular, italic, bold italic, and bold options that were different than the Adobe Originals pack offering. Later that year, Tex Users Group granted irrevocable permission to use Utopia to any third party, making it free software, with the condition that any font that is derived from Utopia does not carry the name that is trademarked to Adobe Systems. Several improvements have since been made on derivatives of Utopia. The typeface offshoots can support glyphs in more than just basic Latin script, and one adaption known as Heuristica ™ features the addition of Cyrillic symbols.
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
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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