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Typography Tuesday: 7 Stellar Slab Serifs

Typography Tuesday: 7 Stellar Slab Serifs

Here are 7 stellar, high-quality slab serif typefaces worth consideration for your next project. License a family and have fun with contrast!

Adelle

I so wanted this slab serif typeface back when I was shopping around for a recent publication project but we already had a slab in the library and budgets wouldn’t allow for another. Phooey. It's on my must-have list.

Adelle by TypeTogether

Adelle by TypeTogether

Dobra Slab

This typeface would be incredibly fun to work with day in and day out. It has a lot of movement and energy (look at the “e” and the “s”).

Dobra Slab

Dobra Slab

Stag

I love Esquire magazine so falling for Stag was easy. In my mind Christian Schwartz is amazing and I’ve loved using Stag. The thin version is especially delicious for display sizes and the bold is strikingly handsome. The negative spaces are mesmerizing.

Stag by Christian Schwartz

Stag by Christian Schwartz

Soho

Designed by Sebastian Lester, this is a monster of a type system that is sexy, modern, and tough. If it had a sound, I’m thinking it would sound like a BMW.

Soho

Soho

Archer

I suppose some designers could be tired of Archer like they might be tired of Gotham but Archer for me is like hanging with your friends, eating good food in a fantastic location. Archer can be cozy and stunning. Those ball terminals are so elegantly placed!

Archer by Hoefler and Frere-Jones.

Archer by Hoefler and Frere-Jones.

Vitesse

Need a slab serif that is masculine, confident and strong? Vitesse has a contemporary industry feel. It looks like a machine but one that isn’t sharp or cold. I’d love to try Vitesse paired with something soft and curvy purely for contrast and experimentation.

Vitesse by Hoefler and Frere-Jones.

Vitesse by Hoefler and Frere-Jones.

Dispatch

This slab serif has some serious funk and when used in display sizes, it really shines. Check out the lowercase “g”. 

Dispatch.

Dispatch.

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