Slab-Serif

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.

The Clarendon model has bracketing and contrast compared to the other two models.

The neo-grotesque model doesn’t have bracketing and the weight of the stem and the serif is the same.

The Italienne model has serifs that weight heavier than the stems.

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.

External links

http://blog.creativityden.com/smashing-slab-serif-typography/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slab_serif

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