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About Sharp Slab

Sharp Slab originated as a custom typeface for one of the most famous and controversial political campaigns of the century - Hillary Clinton 2016. Drawn at the request of campaign design director Jennifer Kinon, Sharp Slab served as a distinctly strong voice for the campaign, voicing iconic campaign slogans in crisp, ebullient typography. As the complementary Egyptian slab-serif of our flagship multipurpose geometric, Sharp Sans, Sharp Slab performs excellently in a wide range of optical sizes and applications.

Sharp Slab Features

  • Alternate Lowercase 'a'
    Sharp Slab_Features_Alternate -a- Thumb.svg
  • Superscript / Subscript
    Sharp Slab_Features_Roman Subscript Slab Thumb.svg
  • Case Sensitive
    Sharp Slab_Features_Case Sensitive Forms Slab Thumb.svg
  • Automatic Fractions
    Sharp Slab_Features_Fraction Slab Thumbnail.svg

Alternate Lowercase 'a'

Sharp Slab_Features_Alternate -a-.svg

Superscript / Subscript

Sharp Slab_Features_Roman Subscript Slab.svg

Case Sensitive

Sharp Slab_Features_Case Sensitive Forms Slab.svg

Automatic Fractions

Sharp Slab_Features_Fractions Slab.svg

Sharp Slab Construction

Sharp Slab also shares Sharp San’s ancestry of inspiration, based partly on Herb Lubalin’s Avant Garde. Sharp Slab’s relationship to its predecessor echos the relationship of Avant Garde to its sister egyptian-slab-serif: Lubalin Graph.

Sharp Slab Avant Garde
Lubalin Graph
Sharp-Sans---Diagram.png
Sharp-Slab---Diagram.png

As Sharp Slab was built from the monolinear geometric foundation of Sharp Sans, the two typefaces share some identical characters. The e, o, t, O, 0, 6, 9, as well as some punctuation, did not necessitate the addition of serifs, so they were left unchanged.

OTHELLO SANS MAN
OTHELLO SLAB MAN

Sharp Sans (Left) & Sharp Slab (Right)

Sharp Slab also bears its own unique characteristics beyond the slab serifs that give it its title. Most noteworthy is its utilization of pinches and ink-traps at the terminals of heavier weights. This feature originated as a technical adaptation to maintain visual consistency of weight between the sans and slab editions, but as the design evolved, this became a fundamental aspect of its Joie de vivre.

Sharp Slab Pinch Diagrams Light
Sharp Slab - Pinch - Diagram - Salad Bold

Sharp Slab Light (Left) & Sharp Slab Bold (Right)

Sharp Sans has well-defined differences from its predecessors, Sharp Sans Display No.1 & 2, most notably its larger x-height, spacious apertures, and wider spacing. Sharp Sans was conceived as a kind of use-it-for-everything typeface, with design features that embrace the aesthetic allure of geometric typography while still allowing it to function at a solid range of optical sizes. As Sharp Slab and Sharp Sans share the same foundation, both are meant to be utilized as such, ideally within the 18pt - 72pt range. Although the geometric Egyptian slab genre is most commonly used correctly as a display font, Sharp Slab also functions in caption and limited editorial text settings. 

Designed by Lucas Sharp in 2018 with Connor Davenport. Special thanks to Jennifer Kinon.

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