Type design is just a side thing I do. I still do general graphic design work, but even there, my need for lots of different fonts is minimal. Like I mentioned 95% of my work uses the same 5–10 fonts. When I need a different typeface from those I have, I’ll either buy it (well, the client usually buys it), use a Google font or, in the case with logos, design or modify my own letters.
No, I’m not suggesting that at all. I was expressing my dislike of Adobe’s business practices. They’re the giant in this industry, and they use that position to quash competitors and carelessly run over bystanders. With fonts, for example, there are dozens of foundries designing them, which has been the case for several hundred years.
Adobe has their own in-house font design group. Making those (and other) fonts freely available to their customers does two things: (1) it helps solidify Adobe’s monopolistic graphics industry role by providing free, high-quality fonts to their CC subscribers and (2) as a side effect, this is driving hundreds of small font foundries out of business, along with the innovation that comes from these small foundries.
Looking down the road, 5–10 years, Adobe will have inadvertently driven most foundries out of business. Left standing will be a gutted Monotype still selling their old classics and Adobe being the main place where most people rent their fonts. Of course there will still be the junk font sites that give away all the sloppy hobbyist fonts uploaded to them. In other words, Adobe (and Google to a lesser extent), through their marketing hubris, will have, in essence, severely crippled a once thriving professional type design industry that is still needed.