Typography Tuesday: Five (Free!) Downloadable Slab Serif Fonts We Love

We recently did an article showcasing some of our favorite, free, downloadable script fonts. Today, we would like to share with you some of our favorite slab serif fonts that are available to download for free. In case you were wondering, a slab serif is a type of serif typeface that is characterized by thick, bold, block-like serifs.

As a graphic designer, I’m always looking for new high quality fonts to use at my disposal and make this job a bit easier. The more typefaces you have at your fingertips, the more flexibility you have in your design choices. Below, I compiled five high quality slab serif typefaces for you to download and use for free. These were found at one of my favorite typography websites, Lost Type. Be sure to check them out if you find yourself in need of nice font downloads.

As a graduate of FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising’s Graphic Design program, I also understand the importance of supporting the typography design community, so I recommend paying for fonts when you can afford to, and especially when you are creating commercial work for freelance clients. As always, make sure to check the licensing agreements on each font before using them for commercial purposes.

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Highlands - Free Downloadable Slab Serif Font

Highlands – Free Downloadable Slab Serif Font

Highlands is a charming slab-serif that draws inspiration from National Park posters of old. Versatile in its character, it makes for great headlines.



Aldine - Free Downloadable Slab Serif Font

Aldine – Free Downloadable Slab Serif Font

Created from original proofs of a 19th Century American Wood Type alphabet, Aldine Expanded was created and embellished by Javier Viramontes at the University of Texas, Austin.



Homestead - Free Downloadable Slab Serif Font

Homestead – Free Downloadable Slab Serif Font

Inspired by our desire and need to explore. Always searching for the place to call home.



Geared - Free Downloadable Slab Serif Font

Geared – Free Downloadable Slab Serif Font

Geared is an industrial inspired Condensed Slab Serif in 4 weights (Thin, Regular, Bold, Extrabold). With an extensive character set, Geared could be a versatile addition to your next project.



Carton - Free Downloadable Slab Serif Font

Carton – Free Downloadable Slab Serif Font

A strong yet sensitive slab-serif inspired by letterpress.

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Author: James Peacock

James Peacock is a Digital Marketing Specialist at FIDM in Los Angeles, California. He received his A.A. in Graphic Design from FIDM and was hired as Social Media Assistant in 2013 by his alma mater in order to help grow the institution’s social media marketing efforts. James now combines two of his passions, telling stories and solving problems by managing data-driven marketing campaigns across multiple channels that ultimately result in a positive return on investment.

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