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Slab serif fonts

As the name suggests these typefaces typically have slab-like or square and unbracketed serifs (there are exceptions to this rule; e.g. Clarendons). Slab serif fonts first appeared in the early 1800s. Some are suitable for extended texts, for things like books and editorial design (magazines & newspapers), while others perform beautifully in display settings, logos, branding, and pretty much anything else. Slab serifs also appear in the broader Serifs category. Questions about slab serifs? See our Slab Serif FAQs below.

Questions about Slab Serif fonts

What are slab serif fonts?
Slab serif typefaces are characterised by broad, block-like serifs. They are frequently used for headlines, logos, and other applications that require a powerful and durable appearance. Slab serif typefaces date back to the early nineteenth century and have remained popular ever since. Slab Serifs also include other sub-cateories like reverse contrast, Western or Wild West style fonts like Discourse.

What are the benefits of using Slab Serif fonts?
Sturdy: Slab serif fonts are often used for headlines and logos because they appear solid & sturdy.
Easy to read: Slab serif fonts in regular or book weights are often great for setting extended texts. And the lighter or heavier weights can be used for display purposes.
Versatile: Slab serif fonts can be used for a variety of applications. They can be used for headlines, logos, body copy, and even packaging. Just remember to mtch the slb serif with your application. Some are designed just for display (e.g. Slag and Oposta) — others are designed for both text and display purposes (e.g. Madeley and Questa Slab).