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Reviewing The Font: Ultra, looking to be bold

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Hey there 👋,

Did you have a good weekend? Every week, we profile a new font and dive into trends, facts, and how-tos about using it.

Today we have:


img: samples of Ultra

Big Bold Ultra

Upon the first look, you would suspect Ultra to be a serif.

And you would be kind of right!

Ultra is a specific kind of serif, called slab serif. A slab serif has thick, block-like serifs. Initially, printers used woodblock printing process to create slab serifs.


img: Ultra’s block-like serif


img: letter stamps for woodblock printing; credit: sharkhats via flickr.com

When advertising started booming in the early nineteenth century in the US, slab serifs became popular because they caught customers’ attention with their strong appearances. Nowadays, you can find them in various settings like lifestyle magazines and food branding.

There is no doubt that Ultra is a close cousin of the newspaper slab serifs you see above. However, if we look at the curved tail in the lowercase “a” and ball terminals in lowercase “y”, we can conclude that Ultra is perkier and friendlier than most slab serifs.


img: Ultra’s curved tail and ball terminal

It’s perfect for a children’s book, a call-out quote in a fashion magazine, or a new kind of grocery store. If you are creating a friendly brand in the editorial space, give Ultra a try!

How to use Ultra


The ball terminals make the font very organic, almost like it’s bearing fruits. Great for friendly brands.

Typography System

This font is attention-grabbing, great for marketing and social media. It is most optimal in large sizes.

Cautiously Avoid

Avoid using body text or anything small.

You Made it!

That’s all folks. Ultra is available here.


img: quick infographic about Ultra

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Have a lovely week and see you in the next issue!

Previously published at https://blog.typogram.co/FoW-No7-Ultra-bold-in-your-eyes-5809065c523b4ba3be86cbae6cfe7c0b


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