Serif Vs. Sans Serif – The Final Battle

Before the showdown between Serif and Sans Serif can begin, perhaps we should have a quick overview and definition.

Wikipedia says “a serif /ˈsɛrɪf/ is a small line attached to the end of a stroke in a letter or symbol,[1] such as when handwriting is separated into distinct units for a typewriter or typesetter. A typeface with serifs is called a serif typeface (orserifed typeface). A typeface without serifs is called sans serif or sans-serif, from the French sans, meaning “without”. Some typography sources refer to sans-serif typefaces as “Grotesque” (in German “grotesk”) or “Gothic”,[2] and serif typefaces as “Roman“.

To be clear – this font is a SERIF font.

This is Sans Serif.

Let the battle begin!

Serif Vs. Sans Serif

So do you have a preference?  I personal have always leaned towards fonts with serifs.  Even when online.

Do you agree with the infographic above – that Sans Serif is web based and serifs are better for reading books?   Or do you lean one way on the issue like me?

I’d love to hear your opinion in the comment section below.

1 thought on “Serif Vs. Sans Serif – The Final Battle

  1. I definitely agree with the serifs for long form reading. However when designing a print ad that needs a certain feel, like a modern or futuristic design, I would go with a sans even for some body copy. Headlines of articles are excellent for sans serif in print.

    Sans serif all the way for screen reading. Sans also gives the vibe of professionalism and urban/contemporary status to a company in the tech or social media industry.

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