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Deal of the week: Versatile Nexa Slab

By Benjie Moss | Deals | Jul 19, 2013

If you have one workhorse display font that you rely on again and again, make sure it’s a slab-serif.

In recent times slab-serifs have become understandably popular; they’ve been used at display sizes for decades and their relatively small stroke contrast means they deliver wonderful legibility on screens.

One of the best new slab-serifs we’ve seen in a while is Nexa Slab from Fontfabric, so our sister site, MightyDeals.com, has arranged an incredible 90% discount on this versatile typeface.

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Nexa Slab is a geometric slab-serif, great for delivering a clean and clear message. Based on some of the great slab-serifs of the twentieth century, including Monotype’s ever popular Rockwell, there’s also an obvious nod towards neo-grotesques from the same period. Mathematically precise outlines —note the stubby asymmetrical serifs on the legs of the ‘R’ and ‘K’, when a single serif might have been expected — deliver a typeface with a machine-made feel, whilst the very round counters are large and friendly.

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The Nexa Slab typeface comes with 24 different fonts: upright, italic and oblique styles each come in eight different weights, thin; light; book; regular; bold; xbold; heavy; and black. Each font has ligatures, fractions, subscript & superscripts and a number of other OpenType features. Delivered as .eot, .svg, .ttf and .woff files, you won’t need to do any converting to deploy them online.

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One thing that app designers will certainly appreciate is the inclusion of tabular figures (monospaced variants on numerals that ensure columns of figures line up). As you’d expect with a comprehensive typeface, the fonts also include extensive analphabetic characters for multilingual support.

Nexa Slab’s most distinct character is its lowercase ‘g’; clearly monocular, it shifts towards the double bowel of a binocular g. Together with the lowercase ‘g’, the single-storey lowercase ‘a’ and the slanted lowercase ‘y’ are provided with alternate designs; there is a conventional monocular ‘g’, a double-storey ‘a’ and a rounded ‘y’. Personally I find the default ‘a’, and the alternate ‘g’ and ‘y’ to be the most readable, at least in body text; at display sizes the default ‘g’ adds a certain flair.

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The normal price for the complete Nexa Slab typeface is $99, but for a limited time you can get all 24 fonts for just $9. At that price you’d be mad not to. Head over to MightyDeals.com to grab this great slab-serif typeface now.

 

Have you used Nexa Slab in a project? Do you prefer the default, or alternate characters? Let us know in the comments.

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