In Part 1 of this serif font series, we learned about what a “serif” actually is and when to use serif fonts in your designs. In this post, we’ll learn more about the second type of serif font: slab serif, and I’ll share my favorite slab serif fonts to use on Canva.
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What are Slab Serif Fonts?
Slab serif fonts are one of the newest typefaces in the graphic design world, and they’ve been gaining more popularity lately. They are a part of a larger family of typefaces called “modern serifs”.
The ‘slab’ category of serifs refers to the vertical and horizontal uniform serifs that accentuate these fonts. Their shapes can be either square or rectangular, unlike regular serifs which can vary in thickness and resemble a pointed shape.
Anytime you see a font with blocky, consistent serifs at the ends of the letters, that’s a slab serif font.
The modern slab serif font was created in response to what typeface designers saw as the “overused” use of traditional serif fonts like Times New Roman and Garamond. Slab serifs became popular because they were seen as more contemporary and innovative than traditional typefaces.
The most recognizable slab serif fonts are used in collegiate sport designs, but here, we’re going to focus on the classy, sophisticated slab serif fonts. I like to use them in logos, branding, web design and social media graphics.
Slab serif fonts look great when paired with sans serif fonts or handwritten fonts, but you should never pair two serif fonts together.
Best Serif Fonts to Use on Canva (Part 2)
This post (Part 2) highlights the best slab serif fonts I’m using on Canva.
If you’ve never heard of Canva, it’s a FREE online graphic design program perfect for beginners and for intermediate designers alike. It’s my favorite program for creating social media graphics like pin designs, brand logos, and more.
I use slab serif fonts on my designs when I want a clean, sophisticated look.
Here are the top 10 slab serif fonts to use on Canva:
- Nixie One
- Josefin Slab
- Aleo Light
- Amazing Slab Thin
- Lazord Slab Serif
- Anaphora Thin
- Radcliffe Light
- Rhodium Libre
I used Josefin Slab (#3) for the header “SLAB FONTS” in this graphic:
Such a classy, clean look!
Different words and letter combinations will look better in different fonts. So, having a big list of them like this is really handy.
You can test them out for yourself with this free Classy Canva Serif Font Cheat Sheet that contains 20 beautiful serif fonts available on the app. Once you make a copy of the template, you can copy and paste the font you’d like to try into your own designs.
Click on the image to make your own copy! ⤵️
I hope this little 2-part font series helped you find beautiful serif fonts to use in your Canva designs.
Testing out new fonts is so much fun!
If you haven’t already, make sure to check out the best free handwritten and script fonts. Handwritten fonts will pair nicely with your serif fonts with on Canva!
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