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Web fonts focus: What is best, serif or sans-serif?

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As designers and font aficionados lets clearly underline the difference between serif and sans-serif. Serifs are the small lines and embellishments that taper off the edges of letters and symbols (think Times New Roman). Sans-serifs are typefaces that do not have these lines, they possess a clear cut, sharp, modern, minimal look. "Sans" comes from an old-French word, derived from Latin, meaning "without." 

We all love some fonts that bare serifs and fonts that don't. They have different uses and stylistic purposes, but our focus here is what is best for web fonts, serif or sans-serif? 

First and foremost, let's talk DPI. Printed matter has a higher DPI potential, generally 1000 dots per inch, while monitors come in at about 100 DPI. Even Apple's "high quality" retina display comes in around 300 dpi, much lower than print, making sans-serif much more suited for the web. Serifs make individual letters easier for our brains to recognize, therefore easier to read and less tiring for our eyes. Sans-serifs are crisper, clearer to read on the screen, therefore easier on the eyes when taking-in on screen text.

Serifs are used to increase contrast and flow between letters which improves identification. Yet, when reduced to very small font sizes on monitors they become harder to recognize. Sans-serif typefaces retain their general shapes very well in small or large sizes due to the simplicity of the symbols, therefore they are more suited to screens and mobile technology copy. 

In conclusion, for the web, use Sans-serif fonts. Try an experiment: while searching through our new crop of free fonts on your mobile phone, jump over to read our blog. You'll find your eyes experiencing less fatigue over time. Contact us to learn which are the more popular sans-serif fonts on our site or ask members of the FORUM for their input. Fresh eyes see more fresh fonts. 

What Does Your Company's Typography Say?

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Whether you're heading a startup or revamping an existing company, nailing your brand is a game changer in the business world. When your communication to the public is clean, consistent, and targeted, it gives you a significant competitive edge. For instance, developing an optimal logo with just the right colors can make or break a new product

Choosing the Right Font Technology for the Job

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The Internet provides us with a wide variety of ways to be creative and share our thoughts and ideas. But it's up to each of us to inject our own personality into what we post for the world (or just a few close friends) to see.

Selecting a suitable font is one creative choice we control, but before we do that we must first consider the type of content we intend to create and the appropriate font technology that applies. Then we can move on to choosing a source for fonts that offers them in the required format

Free Fonts for Back to School

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The sun is still shining and it's still summer, but the kid's will be heading back to school before we know it. With fall around the corner, getting everything organized for the new year can be stressful. While we can't help you shop for back to school needs, we can help make one area of your life a little easier

A Readable Wedding Font, Finally!

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For those couples out there looking to put out their wedding invitations, outline their wedding program, and start thinking about the more fun parts of married life (honeymoon, anyone?), some fonts are incredibly traditional (this is also known as unreadable by many circles, including your great Aunt Maureen).

Customize your scrapbook pages

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Scrapbooking is more than pretty paper and some pictures.  It's about creating a way to display your memories that is as unique as you are.  Adding in a quote or written memory is a great way to pass along those happy times to generations to come.  You don't want a plain font for those memories, they are special and deserve something special.

Shiny new font blog

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Ok, so it's really more green than shiny, but it is new! This will be our place to talk about website changes, and the wonderful world of free fonts.

We hit 13,000 free fonts this month. Wow — a big thanks to all the designers out there who have shared their fonts for free. Also, thanks to fontologist who has been busy adding many rare fonts from the late 90's.

We've got a lot of updates coming to FontSpace soon. The "add to favorites" will get a face-lift. The popular fonts page will feature newer fonts as well, not just the ones with tons of downloads. Stay tuned and visit often to see the improvements.

Here are some of the subtle updates we've made over the last few months.

Commercial-Use filters

For all the pros out there it's 100x easier to find fonts with generous 100% free commercial-use licenses. Just click "Filter Options" and check the commercial-use box like the following picture.
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Font Images (AKA "font plays")

If you've used one of the fonts here in an image, share your design on the font detail page. This is great for designers who have lots of examples of their fonts in action. Check out Giro by Marcelo for an example.

Previews with Colors

If you don't want to load up Photoshop for a quick splash of color, just click the color swatches on the customize bar.
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Perma-links
Click the chain-link icon to get a permanent link to your customized settings. This includes the Text, Font Size, and Colors.

Private Messages
You can now contact any user by sending a private message. Just go to a user's profile and click the "Send Message" button. Your email address is not disclosed, no worries!


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font used in images is Margarosa