What the Font?: Sans Serif


As a follow up to my post about serif typefaces, I thought I'd enlighten you about sans serif typefaces (again with the help of Wikipedia).

To refresh you on your vocabulary words, a typeface is a set of one or more fonts, in one or more sizes, designed with stylistic unity, each comprising a coordinated set of glyphs. Times New Roman or Arial are examples of a typeface. A font designates a specific member of a type family such as roman, boldface, or italic type, while typeface designates a consistent visual appearance or style which can be a "family" or related set of fonts.

A sans serif typeface is one that does not have the small features called "serifs" at the end of strokes, I often refer to them as "feet." The term comes from the French word sans, meaning "without." Think: sans feet. In invitation and announcement design, sans serif typefaces suggest a modern, contemporary feel. They are clean and simplified. They can be paired with serif typefaces or script fonts for a unique look. I love the challenge of finding the perfect combination of typefaces for an invitation or announcement. It's quite a science!

Below are a few examples of sans serif typefaces. If you can name all four, I'll give you a prize!


Olive Tree Guitar Ensemble  – (September 27, 2009 at 9:01 AM)  

Hi, it's a very great blog.
I could tell how much efforts you've taken on it.
Keep doing!

Mica & John  – (September 28, 2009 at 9:14 AM)  

Very interesting! Okay, I am going to go with Verdana, Corbel, Century Gothic, & Calibri!

stina  – (October 3, 2009 at 1:55 PM)  

i read something i liked the other day to help me remember the difference between: the typeface is like the original song and the font is like the mp3/cd.

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