Emigre Vista Slab and Narrow...

SuperUltraFabulous's picture

These are really cool additions to the Vista family— Slab and Narrow:

http://www.emigre.com/EF.php?fid=209

http://www.emigre.com/EF.php?fid=208

Mikey :-)

Stephen Coles's picture

Dupré strikes again. Great stuff. I'm sure any similarity is unintentional, as Vista Slab comes directly from the very original Vista Sans, but the Slab could be considered a contemporary Officina.

Vista Slab

ITC Officina

Stephen Coles's picture

As usual, Dupré's italics are really great. Vista Slab: that's probably the most natural looking double-story italic 'g' I've seen.

SuperUltraFabulous's picture

Thanks Coles for your observation. I would have not readily correlated a Officina and Vista slab. Nice catch.

Personally, looking at the two designs here, I would say that Officina is a little bit more well thought out in terms of low-res printing and reader cognition. Notice the inktraps on the r, a, u, and the p. Also, the diacritics seem a little bit more friendly to the designer short on vertical space. Vista Slab looks more like a stylistic expansion as opposed to a learned industrial-strength compact multi-use type system. (Of course, I don’t know what I’m talking about, but anyway)

Nevertheless, I’m totally digging it. You like the lowercase italic g, I love the lowercase italic x and k.

Mikey :-)

xa's picture

Thank you Mickey & Stephen for your accurate comments. I'm fully agreed.
The comparison with Officina is not a surprise because Vista Sans was inspired by Spiekermann shapes - like Meta - and when I added serifs to Vista Sans, I kept in mind Officina but I deliberately didnt oserve it and tried - in vain - to forget it.

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