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FS Silas Sans

is the enigmatic type
Thin
Thin
Thin Italic
Thin Italic
Light
Light
Light Italic
Light Italic
Regular
Regular
Italic
Italic
Bold
Bold
Bold Italic
Bold Italic
ExtraBold
ExtraBold
ExtraBold Italic
ExtraBold Italic
The great enigma
The great enigma

There are hidden depths to FS Silas Sans. First impressions are of a functional, multi-purpose typeface with a cool, edgy, angular character. Gaze into its eyes a little longer, though, and you'll detect a more nuanced, colourful personality, with full, open, satisfyingly squarish forms balancing the abruptness of the sharply-angled terminals and ascenders. Authoritative, official and stern on the outside; amiable and welcoming on the inside.

The great enigma
You’re so Dane
You’re so Dane

The designers, led by Phil Garnham, were trying to capture something straight-talking, authentic, and a little... Scandinavian. ‘We were thinking about some of the characters in Danish dramas that were on in the early stages of the font’s development, like The Killing and The Bridge,’ says Phil. ‘The police officers, that is, not the psychopathic killers. Smart and a bit cool, but with a warm heart.’ For a good Danish name, we settled on Silas. It was that or Hans-Christian.

You’re so Dane
The finer points
The finer points

Silas Sans rewards close inspection. Study, if you will, its amply squarish forms, the roomy ‘o’ and ‘e’, in particular. Observe the angular ascenders and terminals of, for example, the ‘L’, ‘I’, ‘d’ and ‘i’, inferring the movement and lift of a pen. Consider the cuts to the ‘A’ and ‘v’ that create harmony with adjacent letters. And scrutinise the subtle ink traps set within the ‘A’ and ‘Y’ for reproduction at small sizes.

A fine subject, we think you’ll agree, and available in a versatile range of weights to make (with FS Silas Slab) a typographic system with a comprehensive hierarchy.

The finer points
Lowercase
Uppercase
Figures & Currency (Tabular Lining)
Figures & Currency (Proportional Lining)
Mathematical Forms
Superiors & Fractions
Punctuation & Marks
Ligatures
Accents
Arrows