Serif vs. Sans Fonts
You are actually telling me that you never heard of things like Urban Fonts before? Well, considered how massive the web is, this probably is true and not just a matter of having a faulty memory. The good news is: you can always learn about them now. I found people who published a useful infographic and also offer around 8.000 freeware downloadable fonts. So go there for more than one reason…
Urban Fonts Offers Thousands Of Free Fonts
I personally knew Urban Fonts since the beginning of time. We were swimming in the primeval soup together. I eventually became a man, they became a type foundry. Caprice of fate.
But Seriously, I first learned about Urban Fonts six years ago. Being still around on the (everlasting) fast moving internet does mean something. But obviously, Urban Fonts did some things right. Still most of the portfolio on Urban Fonts are freeware fonts in available in formats for both Mac and Windows, as there are also TTF or OTF. License files are standard with every download. So make sure the font you are going to download contains the proper license for you.
Besides the freeware fonts they also offer premium fonts. Also there are fonts who demand some backlinks, donations or any other kudos of appreciation for the respective creators. As I already said, each font is fully equipped with a text-file to inform you, so you will not find yourself dashed against the wall in the end.
A cool feature for users looking for letter-sets other than plain English is the possibility to insert your own text on the preview page of every font. This way you can check if a given font is worth it to be taken into consideration very easily.
Serif vs. Sans: The Battle In Typography
Next to offering tons of free and premium fonts, Urban-Fonts runs a up-to-date blog, filled with very interesting topics directly from the world of typography. You should really check it out and consider subscribing to their blogs RSS feed.
a while ago the Urban Fonts team published an infographics on the differences between a font with serifs and the ones without. Titled Serif vs. Sans they put together the upmost important distinguishing characteristics of the two families.
They do not limit the information to the visible distinguishing marks, where obviously fonts with serifs carry – well – serifs, those little tailing lines around the edges of a letter. But they also explain the historical background ver well about the how and why serif and sans fonts evolved the last few years.
If you are (or want to be an) professional designer it will probably not old news to you, that these days, serif-usage is highly advised for print projects, while sans-usage is very advisable for web use-cases. So it is not surprising that font usage on the web is overall 60% sans and 40% serif in headings, and also 66% sans in paragraph text, with only a smaller share of 34% of serif.
Upmost because of the relatively low screen resolutions we still have to face as far as digital devices are concerned, sans is a much better choice there. Serif fonts tend to brake up and look brittle on resolutions lower than print sizes. Even the coming hiDPI devices still have to go a long way to really be able to compete with a old-fashioned printed page of a book.
Place this infographic in your collection of infographics – We know you have one, and if not, it’s advisable to change that – to have it at hand when you need it again.