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A regular slab serif and an irregular one

A Folkwell (yes, I'm coining a neologism) is a neo-grotesque slab serif typeface whose baseline and x-height line have been made "sloppy", or less geometrically regular. The name is a portmanteau of "folk", connoting the irregularity of letterforms in a handmade sign, combined with "Rockwell", a well-known neo-grotesque slab serif by Monotype.

Fink Heavy

Fink Heavy, a Folkwell distributed by House Industries as part of its Rat Fink Fonts pack, has become popular in logos for numerous products. Its two-story lowercase 'a' and various other features betray its apparent origin in Rockwell, as opposed to other similar typefaces such as Lubalin Graph. The tail of its 'g', 't', and 'y' has a distinctive curl.

See also: List of products using Fink Heavy

Other square slabs

Twelve slab serif typefaces
  • One common substitute for Fink Heavy is Font Diner's Chowderhead.
    • Hey There, It's Yogi Bear! DVD, ISBN 1419873717, UPC 883929035564. Title and back cover
    • Baby Huey's Great Easter Adventure DVD, ISBN 0738923983, UPC 074645428796. Title and lead paragraph of back cover
    • Bendon Little People [armies with eyebrows] flash cards, UPC 805219218334, 805219825570, 805219928172
    • Greenbrier Winnie the Pooh night light, UPC 639277061546
  • Another is Billy Serif
    • As used in the book Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Welcome to the Neighborhood written by Becky Friedman illustrated by Gord Garwood, ISBN 9781442497412, and other DTN merchandise.
    • And Super-Duper Cupcakes: Sweet and Easy Cupcake Decorating by Elaine Cohen, ISBN 9781454906018
    • Disney Junior Storybook Collection, ISBN 9781423178750
    • Annie's Mini Pizza Bagels, UPC 013562001750, and other Annie's products
    • Martha Speaks sticker books Alice Steps Out,Martha Plays Along, and Camp Truman, included with Chick-fil-A Kids Meal. Title only
    • Poptropica: The Official Guide by Tracey West, ISBN 9780448457260. Billy Serif in body text
    • Bendon home-school workbooks
    • The Night Before series by Natasha Wing: First Grade (ill. by Deborah Zemke, ISBN 9780448437477) and the Tooth Fairy (ill. by Barbara Johansen Newman, ISBN 9780448432526). The cover of Kindergarten had used Fink Heavy, but later books use Billy Serif and regular Billy.
  • BabyFirst DVD Harry the Bunny: The Funniest Sunniest Specials, UPC unknown. BS in title and elsewhere on cover; regular Billy also on cover
  • DVD Bonjour Madeline: The Original Specials. BS only in bold portion
  • Peralta Pro is similar but has even more irregular stroke widths.
  • Plumbsky by PizzaDude.dk is much lighter than Fink Heavy.
  • Minya Nouvelle by Typodermic comes in several weights and is free for commercial desktop use.
    • It's used on the covers of the Howard B. Wigglebottom series of children's books.
    • VeggieTales: Madame Blue's Easter Hullabaloo by Karen Poth, ISBN 9780824918569. Throughout
    • Greenbrier Jot poster board, UPC 639277291998
    • Minya: Greenbrier Jot poster borders, UPC 639277123381, poster shapes -367
  • Click Clack by Fonthead Design is a monospace Folkwell.
  • Love Ya Like A Sister, a free web font distributed by Google
  • Jillbeans
  • Idolwild by Jakob Fischer was spotted in the title of the Nintendogs wiki on Wikia.
  • Ulissia by Autographis and Cri Cri by Authentic appear to be squared-off versions of Filmotype August (below).
  • Chusp by PizzaDude.dk
  • Zalderdash by Typodermic
  • Estro by Mecanorma Collection
    • "Ass, Gas, or Grass: No one rides for free" bumper sticker by VinylQuoteMe
  • Quattro Tempi Solid by GRIN3 (Nowak) has jagged edges on its square slabs
  • Postino Std by Adobe is close to Estro and Peralta. Seen in "Patriotic honey buns" sold at Walmart.
  • HVD Comic Serif Pro (free) by HVD, seen in the logo of the TV series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo
  • KG Be Still & Know by Kimberly Geswein
  • Don Semiformal, found on Mini Donuts at Walmart
  • Maiden Orange Pro, seen in YouTube channel The Ling Space

To be identified:

Round slabs

Some have rounded slabs:

  • Before desktop publishing, there was phototypesetting. In the 1950s, Filmotype manufactured a phototypesetting machine that used fonts on 2-inch filmstrips and published several display fonts for it, many of which resembled hand lettering. A partial specimen scanned by James Puckett shows the "casual serif" fonts Apache, August, Arrow, and Beaver, which have rounded slabs.
    • Digitizations of Filmotype Apache and August in varying quality can be found online under the names URW Apache, Cochise, Disney Print, Stanley, and Toledo. A version of these titled "Jester", seen on freeware font sites, works fine on screen but is very rough when blown up.
    • First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg and illustrated by Judy Love, ISBN 978-0756971427, uses the "Disney Print" version of this font, as stated in its credits.
    • Logo of ScienceWiz, a company making educational toys
    • Logo of Hyves, a Dutch social network that closed at the end of 2013 but remains listed as an OpenID provider on OpenID's web site. Appears to use a lowered capital Y instead of the rounded lowercase y. Takes the upward slant of the glyphs' baseline and incorporates it into a "wave" like that of the Wendy's logo.
    • Wupzey! Less Mess waterproof food-catcher bib, no UPC. "Less Mess" appears in this typeface in some versions of the logo.
    • The logos of ABCMouse.com and Harris Teeter grocery stores use Sixpack by Panache Graphics, which is based on Beaver. Unlike the original Filmotype faces, which have a u-shaped y with g's tail, Sixpack has a v-shaped y and apparently slightly less upward slant.
    • Poky and Friends Starring Scuffy the Tugboat VHS by Golden Films
    • The Spirit of '43 Featuring Donald Duck & Friends VHS by Cartoon Favorites (Trans-Atlantic Video), UPC 011891130578
    • Packaging of a boy's Robin Hood costume whose name is "Robin Hood" in all languages
    • Mort Walker's byline in the comic strip Beetle Bailey
    • Logo of Pooh-Clipart.Com, confirmed as Disney Print through private correspondence
    • LeafEasy Leaf & Lawn Chute, UPC 783955520150, U.S. Patent 8,020,686
    • Liquid Ass Fart Spray[1][2]
    • Taz TV sound book by Oliver Noone, ill. by Animated Arts, ISBN 0785316094, UPC 042799316092. Title only
    • The Big Birthday Box book by Harriet Ziefert, ill. by Laura Rader, ISBN 9780394849096, UPC 079808849098. Title only and probably Sixpack
    • The Kid Next Door and Other Headaches: Stories About Adam Joshua by Janice Lee Smith, ill. by Dick Gackenbach, ISBN 006025792X, ISBN 0060257938 (lib. bdg.) Front cover and entire title page
    • Adventures in Boogabooga Land: Squid Sushi Loses his Marbles DVD, UPC 023755414793. Title and "5 out of 5 doves"
    • A Pet to the Vet by Shirley Frederick, ill. by Amanda Haley, ISBN 9780153229626. Title only
    • Logo of half pint books, the children's section of Half Price Books, and its "half pint library" book drive
    • Fuck DVD, UPC 821575549851. The Aristocrats ad at top of front cover
    • "Be Mine" envelope held by chocolate scented teddy bear made by Dan Dee
    • Badly kerned "Man Cave! No Wife ~ No Kids ~ No P roblems!" [sic] sign (imgur; comments on reddit; likely source)
    • Your Baby Can Speak! French DVD, no UPC. Subheadings on front and back covers
    • A Dollar for Penny by Dr. Julie Glass, ill. by Joy Allen, ISBN 0439322960. Title and rest of front cover
    • Ask Kermit: All About Bugs, ill. by Joe Ewers and John Carrozza, ISBN 9780307177841. Title. Later (2002) edition uses Fink Heavy.
    • In-game text in Shrek Super Party, one of PBG's top 10 worst party games
    • The logo of the Free webcomic Pepper&Carrot by David Revoy is admittedly a pointier Jester, and "The Open Source Webcomic" strapline in the press kit logo appears to be straight Jester.
    • Logo of Bone Suckin' Sauce barbecue sauce and seasonings
    • Name of kitchen in the video game My Disney Kitchen Lazlo319's video
    • Greenbrier jelly beans, UPC 639277712691
    • Playville Tin Tea Set, UPC 041226307610
    • Greenbrier Jot pencil sharpeners, UPC 639277291738
    • Greenbrier erasers, UPC 639277784209, 639277886330
    • Henny Penny by Wallace C. Wadsworth, ill. by Nancy Speir, UPC 014121981032. Title only
    • The Littlest Elf by Paul Patterson, ill. by Benton Mahan, ISBN 0307748170. Throughout
    • Dinosaurs and Monsters Doodle Coloring Book by North Parade Publishing. Title only
    • Fraggle Rock quotes
  • Hank by Bitstream is very similar to the Apache family but with more even line weight and slightly less even shapes.

A similar "playful" effect may be created by taking an ordinary geometric font and slightly randomizing the rotation and vertical position of each letter. This may be a slab serif like Lubalin Graph, as seen in the Moo Moo Farm sign in Mario Kart 64 (notice the direction of the serif at the top of capital A) and the subtitle of Animal Crossing: Wild World. This was common especially before the Rat Fink Fonts were released.

Or it may be a geometric sans serif as seen in the logo of Free Software Foundation's h-node project.
  1. Lee Moran. "Fart spray prank sends six Bible campers to hospital". New York Daily News, 2013-07-26. Accessed 2015-11-24.
  2. Felix Clay. "5 Jokes That Backfired Spectacularly". Cracked, 2015-11-24. Accessed 2015-11-24.