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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
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!
The ball terminals make the font very organic, almost like it’s bearing fruits. Great for friendly brands.
This font is attention-grabbing, great for marketing and social media. It is most optimal in large sizes.
Avoid using body text or anything small.
That’s all folks. Ultra is available here.
img: quick infographic about Ultra
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Previously published at https://blog.typogram.co/FoW-No7-Ultra-bold-in-your-eyes-5809065c523b4ba3be86cbae6cfe7c0b
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