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Big Shoulders is a narrow American Gothic family of variable fonts, designed for—and currently used by—the Chicago Design System. The family includes Big Shoulders, Big Shoulders Stencil, and Big Shoulders Inline. Each of those comes in Text and Display.

Type Designer

XO Type Co

Why X+O? Because an X+O is one of the most primal marks a person can make. Because we use those marks to close messages to people we care for. Making new letters is making new ways for people to say, “Hey there, kamutsa, bom dia, zdrávo, kako ste! I see you over there and want to show you something I’ve written. I’d love to see something you’ve written, too.” All the type at XO is made by Patric King, who’s been making letters since 1994—first with Thirstype, then Village, and now on his own.

Open source details

Big Shoulders Variable is available via an open source license. You're free to use it with your Adobe Fonts account just as you would any other font in the Adobe Fonts library. For information regarding other uses of Big Shoulders Variable, see copyright and license details for Big Shoulders Display Thin, Big Shoulders Inline Display Thin, Big Shoulders Inline Text Thin, Big Shoulders Stencil Display Thin, Big Shoulders Stencil Text Thin, and Big Shoulders Text Thin.

Licensing Information
The full Adobe Fonts library is cleared for both personal and commercial use.

As with everything from Adobe Fonts, you can use these fonts for:

Design Projects

Create images or vector artwork, including logos

Website Publishing

Create a Web Project to add any font from our service to your website


Embed fonts in PDFs for viewing and printing

Video and Broadcast

Use fonts to create in-house or commercial video content

And more…

Visit the Adobe Fonts Licensing  FAQ for full details

Visit XO Type Co to purchase additional licensing and services, including:
Mobile Apps: Embed fonts in your app UI
Self Hosting: Host web font files on your own server
Custom Services: Request modifications or bespoke fonts directly from the foundry
Volume licensing: Use the fonts across your whole organization
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How to Use

You may encounter slight variations in the name of this font, depending on where you use it. Here’s what to look for.


In application font menus, this font will display:

{{familyCtrl.selectedVariation.preferred_family_name}} {{familyCtrl.selectedVariation.preferred_subfamily_name}}


To use this font on your website, use the following CSS:

font-family: {{familyCtrl.selectedVariation.family.css_font_stack.replace('"', '').replace('",', ', ')}};
font-style: italicnormal;
font-variation-settings: {{familyCtrl.getFontVariationSettingsCSS()}};

Glyph Support & Stylistic Filters

Fonts in the Adobe Fonts library include support for many different languages, OpenType features, and typographic styles.