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 the heavier weights. All these changes amount to a typeface that feels enough like Milo but also can stand on its own as a new and fresh typeface.
The slab also has a more horizontal feel since the terminals have been made more horizontal to accommodate the slabs. This adjustment alone makes an additional move away from its sibling FF Milo Sans. FF Milo Slab also takes a few cues from classic Egyptian style slabs rather than looking to the sans or serif for inspiration. You can see this in the italic v, w and y where slabs are used in place 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 in FF Milo Slab as well. It’s what gives the Milo family a solid relationship.
The goal with 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, old style figures, lining figures and tabular figures as well as some alternative glyphs to mix it up. FF Milo Slab was developed between 2012–2014.
Credits & details
Oromo (Afan, Galla)