FF Milo® Slab styles
FF Milo Slab is not just the sans with slabs attached. It has undergone a wide range of careful adjustments from increased contrast, longer ascenders and descenders, and modified glyphs in heavier weights. All these changes amount to a typeface that feels enough like Milo but can stand independently as a new and fresh typeface.
The slab has a more horizontal feel since the terminals have been made more horizontal to accommodate the slabs. This adjustment makes an additional move away from its sibling FF Milo Sans. FF Milo Slab also takes cues from classic Egyptian style slabs rather than looking to the sans or serif for inspiration. You can see this in the italics v, w, and y, where slabs are used instead of the flared terminals in the sans and serif. The lowercase w and x also really needed to be very different to accommodate the slabs. The compact shapes of FF Milo Sans are still a distinct characteristic of FF Milo Slab as well. It’s what gives the Milo family a solid relationship.
The goal of the Milo family was always to make the sans, serif, and slab close relatives but also distinct in their own right. Each family really has its own flavor and can be used together or separately with other typefaces. And like FF Milo Sans and FF Milo Serif, the slab comes with most of the same features like nine weights, small caps, oldstyle figures, lining figures, and tabular figures, as well as some alternative glyphs to mix it up. FF Milo Slab was developed between 2012–2014. Available from the FontShop International in Berlin.
Credits & details
Oromo (Afan, Galla)