My thoughts on FR Kraken Slab
Love is in the air … the sturdy serifs of FR Kraken Slab grabbed my heart and hold it tight. This typeface designed by Béla Frank is confident, playful and shows strong personality. In the bold weights it is loud and strong, in the light weights, it can be gentle. But it never loses its uniqueness.
At first sight, you might say it does not look that modern, probably reminding you of the wild west or retro bulletins. That’s no coincident. The typeface was inspired by the lively and raw 19th-century English Antiquas, like Clarendron. What FR Kraken Slab does extremely well is captivating that spirit, while moving it to contemporary design with less contrast, and more characteristic features.
The most striking features are the bent and extended strokes at the end of many letters, like the R, K, a, j, k, r, or t. They add to the playfulness, wildness and loudness of this typeface. Brilliant for headings, while it also can become distracting in body text. Luckily, there is a way how you can tame that typeface.
It is called stylistic alternates and makes FR Kraken Slab simpler and narrower. I activated this OpenType feature for the body text in the phone image on top. See for yourself what impact this has, in the comparison below.
Overall, FR Kraken Slab is a great choice for branding, a playful editorial design (maybe using the free Air weight), or an attention grabbing web design for titles and shorter paragraphs. The power of stylistic alternates makes it more versatile, so make use of them, when it makes sense.
What do you think? Is FR Kraken Slab something for an upcoming project, or do you have a font recommendation? Tell me in the comments below!