Review: Museo Slab font conveys modernity without flightiness

At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder Museo Slab

    PCWorld Rating

    This slab version of the popular Museo feels solid but never stuffy. Give the free 500-weight version and its italic a spin; then you'll know if you need the other weights.

Designed by Jos Buivenga of Exljbris, OpenType (PostScript) font Museo Slab is the offspring of popular—and also free—Museo. As Museo Slab's name suggests, this is a slab serif typeface, but don't let that fool you into thinking Museo Slab is purely a display font. Museo Slab is legible at tiny sizes, and includes more than 25,000 kerning pairs.

If you are looking for a modern edge, but want to retain legibility and clarity, Museo Slab is a good place to start. Museo Slab includes all upper and lowercase letters, numbers, punctuation, special characters, and diacritics. The italic face retains the stacked letter-press type lowercase a of the regular version (unlike many serif fonts, which switch to the handwritten a in the italic face), but converts bottom serifs to smooth curves in some of the lowercase letters (m, n, p, for example), giving a more delicate look.

Modern and powerful, yet legible, Museo Slab 500 works admirably for branding.

Museo Slab 500 and Museo Slab 500 Italics are both available for free for personal and commercial use. Other weights (Museo Slab 100, 100 Italic, 300, 300 Italic, 500, 500 Italic, 700, 700 Italic, 900, 900 Italic, 1000, and 1000 Italic) also are available to purchase. Various weights and faces of complementary Museo and Museo Sans also are available for free.

Note: The "Download Now" button on the Product Information page takes you to the vendor's site, where you can download Museo Slab 500 and Museo Slab 500 for free.

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At a Glance
  • PCWorld Rating

    This slab version of the popular Museo feels solid but never stuffy. Give the free 500-weight version and its italic a spin; then you'll know if you need the other weights.

    Pros

    • Modern and unique
    • Very unique

    Cons

    • Only one weight is free
    • No bold face
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