Slab Serif Type

Slab Serif Type

A Century of Bold Letterforms

  1. Louise Fili
  2. Steven Heller
  • ISBN 9780500518496
  • 24.60 x 17.30 cm
  • Paperback
  • 352pp
  • 500 Illustrations, 450 in colour
  • First published 2016

A compact graphic-design resource and an essential survey of an ever popular typographic form, expertly curated by graphic design’s leading historians

Slab Serif Type

Since being introduced in the 19th century, when they were considered the bastard cousins of more refined serif types, slab serif typefaces have become ubiquitous. Prized for their bold visual impact and versatility, they are used on a broad variety of demonstrative communications, from posters and newspapers to product packaging. Slabs come in many iterations and are recognized as a face with many characters – and nationalities.

Following the cult typography volumes Scripts, Shadow Type and Stencil Type, this new book artfully selects classic examples to present fresh and unexpected typographic ideas. It brings together material from across Europe and the United States, ranging from vintage hand-lettering to iconic company logos. The authors employ their decades of combined experience as art directors to present hundreds of wonderful examples in a visual resource that will delight and inspire designers in all media.

Steven Heller is co-chair of the MFA Design: Designer as Author programme at the School of Visual Arts, New York. He is the author of many books, including Stencil Type, Graphic, Typography Sketchbooks, New Ornamental Type and New Vintage Type, all published by Thames & Hudson.
Louise Fili is director of Fili Design, and co-author, with Steven Heller, of Scripts, Shadow Type and Stencil Type.