The Internet Looks Like Crap Today Due to a Font Vault Cock-Up

By Gary Cutlack on at

The IT departments of various internet businesses are in crisis mode today, after a server problem with an internet font archive effectively broke the well researched and tested layouts and font choices of some of the biggest web sites out there.

The problems arise from Adobe's poking of its fingers into the internet world, with the design software company saying that a "degradation of the Typekit font network" is currently ongoing. Typekit is a critical part of today's internet fabric because it serves fonts on-demand to users. Say if we go mad or get loads of money from Sony to turn the entire font of Gizmodo UK into the Spider-Man font because this quarter's reboot is due in cinemas tomorrow, Typekit could do it without the font being on your computer by demanding it from Adobe while the page loads.

That feature is what appears to be broken today, with the Typekit status page shifting the blame for the problem onto whoever provides Adobe's web space, saying that "an outage at our storage provider" is the banal reason lots of people are seeing default fonts like Georgia or Arial making up internet headlines this morning. [Adobe Typekit via Wired]