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Extra Bold: Heavy Sans Serifs

Large sans serif families often include a “Black” or “Ultra” weight at the dark end. See more extra bold fonts.

Stephen Coles
Last edited May 19, 2014

Large sans serif families often include a “Black” or “Ultra” weight at the dark end.
See more extra bold fonts.

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Erik Spiekermann, Christian Schwartz and Joshua Darden
FontFont 2005
Paul Renner and Josef Albers
Bitstream 1926
Erik Spiekermann and Christian Schwartz
FontFont 2003
Ole Schäfer
FontFont 2001
Lukasz Dziedzic
FontFont 2007
Oleg Karpinsky
Volker Küster
Elsner+Flake 1988
Paul Renner
Linotype 1930
Patrick Giasson and Sebastian Lester
Monotype 2004
Linotype Design Studio
Xavier Dupré
FontFont 2006
Tagir Safayev
Tagir Safayev, Vladimir Yefimov and Isabella Chaeva
Vladimir Pavlikov

Hans Reichel
FontFont 1999