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Stymie Alternatives

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Noah Nazir
Last edited June 26, 2018

In 1931, Morris Fuller Benton created the Stymie typeface for the American Type Founders (ATF). Later weights were later added by Sol Hess at Lanston Monotype and Gary Powell at ATF. Stymie, a redesign of the Inland Type Foundry's Rockwell Antique, could also be viewed as a reworking of a slab serif types that were popular in Europe at that time, like Memphis or Beton. For the past 150 years, slab serif types (sometimes called Egyptian or Egyptienne-style faces) have been a popular choice for headline text in newspapers, magazines, and advertising.

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The Venus type family is a historic hot metal face with left slanted weights that is used for the german cartographic map production. There are also special typefaces required like the Roemisch and Topografische Zahlentafel type family.

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Because of the geometric basis of its forms, Memphis is often thought of as a font for technical fields, making a rational, purposeful... Read More

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The Bauer Typefoundry first released the Beton family of types in 1936. Created by the German type designer Heinrich Jost, the present digital version of the Beton family consists of six slab serif typefaces. First developed during the early 1800s, by the 1930s slab serif faces had become one of many stock styles of type developed by foundries all over the world. Because of their distance from... Read More

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Rockwell font appeared with Monotype Design Studio in 1934, a time which saw the return to popularity of slab serif fonts. Rockwell's strong and harmonious characters make this font particularly flexible.

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Soho is the latest addition to the growing range of typefaces from Sebastian Lester. This grand opus of a project resulted in a typeface... Read More

EF Beton Heinrich Jost Elsner+Flake 1931
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Magnus is a titling font designed by Bruno Grasswill in 1981. The narrow figures build close, strong lines. Its serifs have the same width as the main strokes as is typical of slab serif typefaces. Some letters have serifs which are only half-sized, for instance the u, x or y. Striking are also the forms of the capital and lower case s as well as the rounded stroke endings of the d, h, m... Read More

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When ITC Officina was first released in 1990, as a paired family of serif and sans serif faces in two weights with italics, it was... Read More

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When the semi-serif Museo became a success in 2008, its designer Jos Buivenga researched some possibilities of other versions. Museo Sans was not that difficult because making a sans out of a (semi) serif is — more or less — cutting off the serifs and adjusting weight, width and contrast. So… Buivenga made Museo Sans and while doodling around and fiddling with slab serifs to make Museo Slab,... Read More

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