10 outstanding examples of modern slab serif fonts
I’m very partial to a slab serif font. They have a charm that really resonates with me. They hark back to old wood type from the 1800’s, when everything was hand set, and somehow felt more real.
Love the style
I love that period of type design. It was honest, bold and simple.
So much so, that one day I’m going to plan a trip to the Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum in America. I’d just love to have a go at creating some woodtype and printing it on those old machines.
I’ll make it one day.
A brief history
Another thing that I think people forget is that the 1800’s was full of innovation. With the industrial revolution in full swing, it was a time full of new and exciting products.
Real products, not like some virtual mobile app that wipes your arse.
For instance, in 1836 the Colt Revolver was created by Samuel Colt and by the time of U.S civil war it was perhaps the best-known firearm. That reminds me of a quote by Charles Martin “They say God made man, but Sam Colt made them equal”.
Just a few years later Coca-Cola was born by Dr John Stith Pemberton, and we all know how that went.
Other examples of 1800’s products are the Fax Machine, the Escalator, the can opener, Vacuum Cleaner, Sewing Machine, Chewing gum and the Telephone.
Okay, so you may know when the telephone was invented, but the Fax Machine? That’s odd—right? I thought that was invented in the 1980’s.
To try and get back to the point, all these inventions and products created new brands and helped kick-start the advertising industry.
All those mass-produced products needed more and more attention-grabbing type styles.
Type styles for bill posters, billboards, magazines, newspapers and just about any mass marketing medium that could be exploited—with the technology available.
Modern slab serif type
So I’ve put together a modern collection of slab serif typefaces, some popular, some not so popular—but I like them all.
Take a look at the 10 slab serif fonts below, let me know what you think. Who knows, perhaps you will share my love of slab fonts.
01 Kicking Horse by Greg Nicholls
Kicking Horse was designed by Greg Nicholls (in Canada), and it includes four different styles (worn, grunge, rounded and extra worn). All of them have been created with a vintage print look in mind—I like that look so much.
It looks awesome and would be great for logos, headlines, presentations and anything display related.Get Kicking Horse
02 Maritime Champion by Very Cool Studio
Maritime Champion is quite a different slab serif. It reminds me of sailing, ships, sailor tattoos and basically anything maritime.
It is an all caps font that includes 14 different styles/weights.Get Maritime Champion
03 Munky font by It’s me simon
Munky was designed by me, so this is a bit of shameless self-promotion. It’s a very playful, slab serif font, laid back but not too childish.
Its great for headlines and display work, but would also work well for branding and packaging.Munky slab serif font
04 Iron Range Typeface by Doxie DesignGet Iron Range Typeface
05 Typnic Headline Slab by Corradine Fonts
Iron Range by Corradine fonts has 3 weights—Light, regular and bold, but also includes a bonus vector pack for Adobe Illustrator. Its a mono case typeface, but has a different design for the uppercase and lowercase—that’s a neat feature right there.
Typnic slab would be perfect for posters, logos, clothing and packaging.Typnic Headline Slab
06 Bushfire – 4 Font Family by Greg Nicholls
Bushfire (nice name, love the name) comes with 4 styles. It’s got that real hand made look about it. It’s that slight wobble in the line that really makes it for me. Perfect for logos, branding and quotes.Bushfire
07 Firebox Slab Serif Font by RetroSupply Co.
Firebox is a very retro, bold slab by RetroSupply Co. It’s a rock-solid design that harks back to the wild west—love it.Firebox
08 Comply Slab by Arkitype
Comply slab has that slab look, but kind of reminds me of American high school t-shirts. It’s big, bold and right in your face.
It comes with 9 weights from thin to black. Ideal for headlines, posters, banners, clothing, packaging and logos.Comply Slab
09 Shelton slab by HVD fonts
Shelton slab just looks amazing. It replicates the eroded look that you get from real wood type.
The typeface has alternatives for the uppercase letters giving it a real quirky hand made feel.Shelton Slab
10 Porter – A Slab Serif Display Font by Daniel Nisbet
Porter looks a little different than the other slab typefaces in my list. It looks classy and elegant, less brash. Perfect for headlines and logos to mention just a few possible uses.Get Porter Slab
That is all.