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Battle of The Type: Serif Versus Sans Serif

Within the design community there has been debate on which font style of type is better between serifs and sans serifs. Some believe serifs are better than sans serifs and vice versa. I personally believe this shouldn’t even be a discussion within our discipline because different styles of type have various uses and each has its own place in design. Serif typefaces are considered to be more decorative and also have been historically credited with increasing readability as well as reading speed, which can help when confronted with long passages of text. Sans serifs have a place in the design world also, they are typically used for captions, headings, and help compliment charts and graphs. Personally, I tend to use a lot of typefaces that are sans serif because I like the modernistic feel that the font gives off, but I also use serifs and would never dismiss it as an important style of type because both are needed within the discipline of graphic design.

The Difference Between Serif And Sans Serif


  1. Kathleen Larkin wrote:

    Not being a graphic designer, I like to use both types for different purposes. I think the serif fonts have a more personal feel, whereas the sans serif fonts are generally easily to read at distance. Even this blog uses both to separate the blog titles from the posts. It just looks better to my (untrained) eyes.

    Friday, October 6, 2017 at 2:09 pm | Permalink
  2. Jie Zheng wrote:

    I agree that each style of type has its use. The more design projects I do, I find this more prevalent. I tend to use sans serif typefaces as well, but I also enjoy the classic style of serif typefaces especially for articles.

    Friday, October 6, 2017 at 3:59 pm | Permalink
  3. Dantee Benton wrote:

    Although I agree that both serif and san serif typefaces each have their own distinctive uses, each designer also has his or her own reasons for using them. Personally I think that serif fonts a much more elegant and classier than those without serifs. But I understand that a mix of the two is healthy for strong design purposes.

    Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 6:57 am | Permalink
  4. Maryam Nozary wrote:

    Thanks for sharing this topic! I always find it difficult when to use serifs and san-serifs, this definitely helped me think about it in a different way and how I can apply it to my own design. Also thanks for sharing the image, it was informative on the two different types.

    Friday, October 20, 2017 at 3:06 pm | Permalink