Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Question of the Day

Serif or sans-serif?

ETA: Which Are More Legible: Serif or Sans Serif Typefaces?

7 comments:

  1. Depends on what it's for. Serif faces are easier to read in blocks of text, generally. Sans serif is good for labels, drop-down menus, and buttons. Either one can be a good choice for titles and headlines, where your choice is dictated by style and readability both.

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  2. Cool! When I was designing, that was the received wisdom--it's interesting to see where that belief came from and how it's changed/is changing.

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  3. But it's not just legibility. It's also legitimacy. Until sans-serif wrests the title from serif, it will always be the signage choice that serious books wouldn't deign to wear.

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  4. Am agreeing w/ Emma on this. I've read the new stuff about readability, but I ain't buying it, at least not for moi. I want serif for large blocks of text.

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  5. Comic sans!

    (ducks and runs for cover, cackling like mad)

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  6. I *love* Comic Sans! Well, actually, I love Chalkboard, but I have nothing against Comic Sans. In comics.

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  7. What Emma said. With an exclamation point.

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