DejaVu Serif

dejavu_serif

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deja vu serif exampleA slab serif font by Tavmjong Bah, based on the Vera fonts. Unlike tra­di­tional slab serif fonts, DejaVu has con­trast between thick and thin strokes. The bowls are slightly square, and the large x-height means it remains read­able at smaller sizes.

DejaVu tests well across browsers, though there are some let­terspac­ing issues in Safari on Win­dows XP.

The DejaVu Serif fam­ily con­sists of 8 fonts (var­i­ous weights and styles). All are avail­able for free down­load at fontsquirrel.com.

Filed under 8 Styles, FontSquirrel, Slab Serif |

Calluna Regular

calluna

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A font that almost made it. A Venet­ian serif font by Jos Buiv­enga (exljbris.com), Cal­luna has a smaller x-height than Geor­gia, and works best at a gen­er­ous font-size. Cal­luna feels like an “old” font; it has pen-formed ser­ifs and ter­mi­nals. The ris­ing cross­bar of the low­er­case e is rem­i­nis­cent of early Renais­sance (Venetian/Humanist) letterforms.

calluna exampleUnfor­tu­nately, the font does not hold up across browsers. On Win­dows (XP, 7, Vista) the strokes on the let­ter­forms get very light (thin). The pen-formed head ser­ifs on let­ters such as h, b, d, u, and so on become too promi­nent, and the ris­ing cross­bar on the e becomes jagged and breaks.

The over­all struc­ture, spac­ing, and sys­tem of the font is beau­ti­ful. I had to include it in my col­lec­tion any­way. If you are cre­at­ing a site pri­mar­ily for mac users, Cal­luna will serve you well.

The Cal­luna fam­ily con­sists of 8 fonts (styles, weights). Cal­luna Reg­u­lar is avail­able for free down­load at fontspring. The full fam­ily is avail­able for license at fontspring and for font-linking via type­kit.

Filed under 8 Styles, Fonts That Almost Made It, FontSpring, TypeKit, Venetian (Serif) |

Museo Sans 500

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museo sans exampleA sans serif font by Jos Buiv­enga (exljbris.com). With its per­fectly round o and almost cir­cu­lar bowls, Museo Sans has some geo­met­ric ele­ments. On the other hand, its double-decker g and soft foot ter­mi­nal on the l feel human­ist. I cat­e­go­rize it as a geo­met­ric sans serif font, because when text set in Museo Sans 500 is com­pared to a range of sans serif fonts it feels more geo­met­ric than human­ist. Museo Sans 500 has a slightly smaller x-height than Verdana.

The Museo Sans fam­ily has 10 fonts (var­i­ous styles, weights). All are avail­able for web licens­ing at fontspring.com. In the font spec­i­men sheet, I show only Museo Sans 500 and Museo Sans 500 italic, which are free fonts. I com­bine them with Museo 700, a bold font from a dif­fer­ent fam­ily, but a fam­ily with a sim­i­lar struc­ture. The full fam­ily is also avail­able via typekit.

Filed under 10 Styles, FontSpring, Geometric Sans Serif, TypeKit |

Museo Slab 500

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museo slab exampleA slab serif font by Jos Buiv­enga (exljbris.com). Museo Slab 500 has an x-height sim­i­lar to Geor­gia. It also has heav­ier, more uni­form strokes which makes let­ters like a and e a bit harder to read. Thus, Museo Slab works best with a gen­er­ous font-size.

The Museo Slab fam­ily has 12 fonts (var­i­ous styles, weights). All are avail­able for web licens­ing at fontspring.com. In the font spec­i­men sheet, I show only Museo Slab 500 and Museo Slab 500 italic, which are free fonts. I com­bine them with Museo 700, a bold font from a dif­fer­ent fam­ily, but a fam­ily with a sim­i­lar struc­ture. The full fam­ily is also avail­able via typekit.

Filed under 12 Styles, FontSpring, Slab Serif, TypeKit |