Version 1.001 — Published on: 15/10/2013
Novecento Slab is the “slab serif” companion of Novecento Sans, a font family inspired on European typographic tendencies between the second half of 19th century and first half of the 20th.
As the excellent French typographer Xavier Dupré said “it seems to have been cast in concrete”. Despite its blocky look, Novecento Slab’s lettershapes are optically corrected and balanced.
This font face is designed to be used mostly for headlines, visual identities or short sentences, both in big and small sizes.
Novecento Slab family was spaced and kerned with love and patience; each font has between 750 and 950 group kerning pairs. It can be mixed with Novecento Sans as well as on its own.
This font is available for licensing in opentype and webfont format, as well as for mobile apps, ebooks and for software embedding.
Heavier weights tend to have their counterforms clogged up or their shape deformed in general. Even in low contrast typefaces an amount of optical correction is necessary. This newest Novecento Sans release has several glyphs tweaked on heavier weights to improve readability.
Alternate Q, N, I, J, Y, 0 letter shapes are accessible one by one in applications reading Opentype “Stylistic sets” and the “slashed zero” feature, like Indesign.
All these alternate characters can also be accessed by the SALT feature (Stylistic Alternate) in other applications, like Photoshop and Illustrator.
Figures, monetary symbols and some other glyphs has lowercase and uppercase variants, both lining and tabular.
Tabular figures of each width always align despite of their weight and case. In other words, you can vertically align numbers all together in light, medium bold and so on.
Small numbers as well as ordinals are expressly designed to match font weight and can be activated as opentype features.
A new automatic fractions generation script from Tal Leming (Fraction Fever 2) recognizes fractions vs. dates and nicely renders values like “2 and a half”.
Novecento sans uses the power of Opentype to overstep the current technical limitations, enriching the typesetting experience in a totally transparent way to the user.
P.S.: Thanks to Glyphs app for making it easy to code.
Moldavian/Romanian and Polish advanced diacritics support. It allows to display the correct diacritics symbols.
Just set your text language to automatically switch to these localized accents.
Turkish language helper. It correctly differentiates i and dotless-i in smallcaps.
Just set your text language to Turkish to show a dot on the smallcaps i.
Catalan laguage helper. It helps displaying the correct punt volant (Ldot sign) when typing the “l” letter followed by the vertically centered dot.
Just set your text language to Catalan to activate the l· helper.
Dutch laguage helper. While an accented j does not exist as a glyph on its own, this helper adds an acute accent on the j (or J) when it is following and accented i (í).
Just set your text language to Dutch to activate the “íj” helper.
Uppercase “Sharp S” helper. German “Sharp S” cannot be taped on most keyboard layouts. This helper detects when an “ß” is among uppercases and transform it into its uppercase version.
This helper is associated with the “contextual alternates” OT feature and it is often on by default.
Underline and strikethrough height and vertical position are expressely encoded in each Novecento family’s font to match its weight. All underlines you see on this page are the default Novecento sans ones.
Note: both in Photoshop and Illustrator, one paragraph with multiple weights will have a unique underline with intermediate weight (?). Indesign properly handles the underline weights letter by letter.