October 19, 2010 § Leave a comment
Slab serif is the typeface that has bulky and block like serifs. Unlike serif typefaces Slab serifs do not have brackets, which connect the stokes and the serifs. The end part of the serifs can be different. They may be blunt, angular or curved.
Slab serifs are first designed by Vincent Figgins and they were mostly used for posters, flyers, where it was more convenient to use with a display size. Because slab-serifs are not suitable to use in continuous texts, they are mostly used in bigger font size mostly in titles. Around this time Egypt and Egyptian forms became popular. The newly discovered Egyptian forms also influenced type designers and they included the structure of the Egyptian architecture, columns in the new fonts they designed. Claredon, Rockwell, Egyptienne are some examples for slab-serif fonts.
There are three different types of slab-serifs: Clarendon model, Neo-grotesque model, Italienne model.
And there is also a typewriter slab-serif. Typewiriter slab-serifs can be from each model. The most important characteristic is that every letter occupies the same space horizontally.