What about a slab that features sanserif glyphs? Sounds strange and unusual, but it’s what makes distinctive the last Xavier Dupré typeface, appealing and more legible than many traditional slab serifs. Since his Vista Slab he designed for Emigre back in 2008, Xavier Dupré has a crush for Slabs and wanted to continue his exploration of the genre. The name “Mislab” explains the design of the Xavier new typeface by itself. In french, Mi means partly, half way. So, Mi- Slab means a Slab serif with some Mi -ssing serifs. Mislab design started back in 2010, inspired by an old movie poster, This Woman Is Mine, a film by Frank Lloyd dating back 1941. The movie title’s design can be described as a black italic slab serif, but it’s really the only point of comparison with Mislab. Clearly, it’s just an inspiration, not a source more directly used as in case of type revivals.
During months and months Xavier worked on his typeface family, expanding slowly from Black to Regular and Italics, followed by Condensed versions. Last December (2012) Xavier Dupré and Jean François Porchez discussed about the number of weights to include on the final family… soon after, Xavier send to Typofonderie a new idea for Hairline weight, the result was more work for him and a large family of 32 styles in 3 widths featuring a beautiful set of Hairlines weights.
Referred to as Egyptian’s in the early years of the nineteenth century, today slab serifs are primarily used in display sizes but seldom used in body text. With Mislab, Xavier Dupré has designed a brighter and more legible slab serif than most. Mislab aptly combines the strength of a slab serif with the lightness of a sans serif. Bold and thick serifs make for strong impact in display uses while performing extremely well under the most stressful body text conditions. A slight cursive feel adds spice to the text while its delicate rounded rectangular structure is naturally adapted to screen displays. The capitals have fully assumed serifs while the lowercases have more discreet versions. Notable features include sanserif endings on the lowercase a, c, e & s, inducing fluidity and enhanced readability. This highly versatile typeface brings clarity to headlines. The Mislab family covers a wide range of applications thanks to the 32 styles in 3 widths & italics. Dingbats and optimized arrows are available through the family styles as a & g alternates. Mislab will provide foolproof stability to your layouts.
Availability of the new typeface family
Mislab OpenType fonts are only available in our exclusive PRO version.
Download Mislab pdf specimen.
→ € 55 by weight.
→ € 146 for the 4 basic weights (Regular, Italic, Bold, Italic).
→ € 146 for the Narrow 4 basic weights (Extra Light, Regular, Bold, Heavy).
→ € 146 for the Compact 4 basic weights (Extra Light, Regular, Bold, Heavy).
→ € 448 for the Family of 14 styles (from Hairline to Black, romans & italics).
→ € 297 for the Narrow Family of 9 styles (from Hairline to Black).
→ € 297 for the Compact Family of 9 styles (from Hairline to Black).
→ € 993 for the Full family of 32 styles, 3 widths (from Hairline to Black, romans & italics).