A slab serif is a sub-type of serif fonts that has block-shaped serifs. A popular example of a slab serif font is the Rockwell font family. Slab serifs may also be referred to as mechanistic, square serif or Egyptian. Their strong and sturdy appearance makes them great candidates as headline and display fonts. This collection of fonts presents some excellent and free slab serif fonts.

1. Museo Slab 500

Created by exljbris, the Netherlands-based font foundry of Jos Buivenga, Museo Slab 500 is a boxy and affectionate slab serif font.

Museo Slab 500

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2. AW Conqueror Slab

This slab serif font is part of the Conqueror free family of fonts designed by award-winning type designer, Jean Fran├žois Porchez. The font family was inspired by the 60-70′s spirit.

AW Conqueror Slab

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3. Nilland

This slab serif font is by Manfred Klein. Nilland is free, but you’re encouraged by the author to make a charitable donation to Doctors Without Borders especially when you employ his fonts in commercial projects.

Nilland

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4. Klein Slabserif

Another slab serif font by Manfred Klein, Klein Slabserif distinguishes itself with its intriguing (and almost awkwardly truncated) block-shaped serifs.

Klein Slabserif

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5. Bullpen Heavy

Part of the Larabie Collection — a set of fonts by Ray Larabie, a Canadian font designer living in Japan — Bullpen Heavy is a strong and "masculine" font.

Bullpen Heavy

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6. Chunk

This super-bold slab serif font takes its cue from old American Western typography. Chunk was designed by Meredith Mandel and released through the League of Movable Type.

Chunk

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7. College

Inspired by typefaces frequently used by U.S. state universities, College (by Matthew Welch) is a slab serif font that can give your work a collegiate theme reminiscent of Animal House.

College

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8. Nadia Serif

Designed by Switzerland-based graphic designer, Nadia Knechtle, Nadia Serif is a clean, thin but strong slab serif font.

Nadia Serif

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9. Indento Bold

Indento is a futuristic slab serif font by Mugur Mihai. The characters’ brackets are indented inward, resulting in a distinctive aesthetic.

Indento Bold

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10. Tertre Extra Bold

Tertre, a font family inspired "from the French signage tradition," is a good display face that works well when utilized in terse text blocks.

Tertre Extra Bold

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Author:

Jacob Gube is the co-founder of Design Instruct. Join him on Twitter @sixrevisions