Dirty slab was inspired by Hamilton press and old letterpress fonts. I saw a documentary on sky, it was all about them and how they dominated wood type in America. Good honest folks trying to keep a working museum alive. They now have a new home, and teach people like me how things use to be, before computers.
Not very often you see such a niche program on the goggle box – pop over to their website for more information they also have a shop where you can buy prints and t shirts.
Letterpress fonts and printing
Letterpress what’s that about anyway? Its a way of relief printing or printing from raised blocks of wood or metal type, using a printing press.
Remember doing potato printing when you were a kid? Its the same principle as that.
It involves a person who creates and locks movable type (metal or wood) into the bed of a press. They then add ink to the type and presses paper against it, this transfers the ink to the paper and creates the print. History lesson over.
I wanted a big, bold, eroded slab look. Something that looked like it was printed on an old letterpress machine. Something that would stand out.
I wanted texture on it, and I wanted lots of versions of the typeface.
Texture was key to the design. I spent ages with wood print textures but they never made it into the typeface. Too many points, I kept reducing and reducing the points until the end result was not the effect I was looking for. I decided against texture for now, really annoying but the next time I try this I’m going to nail it.
What I ended up with was six versions of the typeface all listed below
- Dirty Slab Regular
- Dirty Slab 3D
- Dirty Slab Drop shadow
- Dirty Slab Extended
- Dirty Slab Rough
- Dirty Slab Alternate shadow
An example of how you could use Dirty Slab
Dirty Slab typeface – the free version
You can get the free version (with just uppercase letters) below. The others cost just $2 each. They are tested on a mac but not on a pc, as I don’t own one.
Dirty Slab typeface usage
Feel free to download and use the free version for your non commercial work, I wouldn’t suggest using this as a webfont as it will look real bad. The typeface is not yet tested on a pc.
Download free version
This only has uppercase glyphs only for the dirty slab drop, you need to pay with a tweet, or facebook or linkedin. You need an account with one of those providers to download. You need to stop pop up blockers as they will block downloads. Pay with a tweet will not spam you, you don’t need to enter any email address, you just give it permission to post 1 item to your twitter or other account. If you don’t like that, then it’s not for you. Walk away. It’s not for you.
Please note: Although this font is free, it can not be distributed by individuals, bulletin board systems, FTP sites, WWW sites, etc., without prior permission.
Dirty slab commercial version
Til next time.