Meet Zilla Slab, a Great Open-Sourced Logo Font
Hope you are having a fantastic week! How is 2024 so far?
This week I've been busy making plans for the new year. I got a lot of exciting content planned for this newsletter and Typogram's blog. We also been busy working on a new feature for the logo editor.
Also, I've been getting into houseplants. I have several fiddle leaf figs throughout my living space and by my space, and it's been helping me during stressful times – so I was super excited when I picked up this little Bonsai the other day. Hopefully, it will grow. Is there something that helps you relax on your desk? I would love to hear about it via reply!
This week, enjoy one of my favorite post on Zilla Slab, a fantastic slab serif perfect for logo and branding!
In This Issue…
How to Use Zilla Slab for Logo and Branding
Fonts: Zilla Slab
Design idea: How to Create Moodboards
Color Inspiration: Snowy Mountains
Font of the Week
About Zilla Slab
Last time we shared Barlow, an awesome font for body text. This week, we go over Zilla Slab. Like Barlow, Zilla Slab is also an extremely versatile font with several weights that work perfectly for any web project. In fact, Zilla Slab is Mozilla’s brand typeface, used in their branding, headlines, and throughout their designs. My favorite thing about Zilla Slab is that it’s beautiful and editorial, uniquely optimized for reading experiences on the web.
Zilla Slab is inviting, clean, and functional. It is a contemporary slab serif with a humanist influence, minimal bracketing, and a very pronounced serif. It has a highlighted styled, which is excellent for blogs and any website with lots of textual information.
Minimal bracketing, looking clean and crisp
Five weights, two styles in regular and italic
How to use Zilla Slab for logo?
Zilla Slab is clean and contemporary. The regular and bold versions are great for logos, especially for startup/tech blogs, or editorial projects. The highlight version can also be interesting to use.
How to use Zilla Slab for marketing and branding?
Zilla Slab can pair with sans serifs, like Barlow. Its italic is based on a cursive broad-nib writing style that doesn’t disrupt the reading flow. Zilla Slab also has a highlight style of font perfect for marketing copies. These design elements optimize the reading experience and make Zilla Slab great for web UI and marketing graphics.
Design Idea of the Week
How to Create Moodboard
A mood board is an intentional collection of visual materials and imageries that gives you ideas references and helps build your visuals idea, branding, and design projects. A visual library is good for several things:
If you don’t know design, you can learn by looking at good examples
Create a massive collection of design inspirations, learnings, references, and examples for you to experiment and remix for your projects.
Discover new designers, references, and trends
Develop the habit of looking at details
In this process, you can go as granular as you like. For example, suppose you are making a website. You can have a collection of general things like great landing pages examples and a collection of specific examples like landing page interactions, landing page copies, or landing page color palettes.
To learn design, we improve by looking at references- we need to train our eyes. We can understand and develop aesthetic vocabulary, find inspirations, and have better ideas about how design projects can evolve.
Color Inspiration of the Week
As the weather gets colder, enjoy this winter landscape outdoor color palette as our color inspiration of the week! You can use this for your startup, branding, design, or web projects.
Chocolate #3D2C1C |Mocha #9B7455 |Raven #1E1E1D |Snow #F4F4F6
Counter is an area that is partially or entirely closed by other parts of the letters. There are two types, open and closed.
Open Counter is when the area is partially closed.
Create a mood board with Zilla Slab!
…for reading and hanging out here this week! Zilla Slab is available here.