What is the Difference Between Serif and Sans-Serif Typefaces?

You may have heard the terms serif and sans-serif before, but do you know what those terms actually mean? In typography, a serif is a small line, stroke, or other decorative flair regularly attached to the end of a larger stroke in a letter or symbol within a particular font or family of fonts. “Sans” means “without,” so a sans-serif font is one that does not have the extending features called “serifs” at the end of strokes.

Serif typefaces are considered more traditional, as they have been around since the earliest examples of typography. They are considered easier to read by some, as the serifs help separate the letters and words for our eyes. You can find serif fonts in most newspapers, books, and magazines. An example of a serif font family you are most likely familiar with is Times New Roman.

Sans-serif typefaces are considered more modern by some. The lack of the decorative flair can make them seem “cleaner.” They are often found on digital screens in blogs, websites, and software applications. An example of a sans-serif font family you are probably familiar with is Helvetica. Although, the one you are looking at right now is Gotham.

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6 Reasons why a Strong Brand is Important for your Small Business

Branding gives you recognition. Branding puts a face onto your business. Branding establishes trust. Consumers are going to feel more comfortable purchasing from a polished and legitimate business. Branding supports advertising. Advertising is an important component of a brand. Branding builds your financial value. Strong branding often guarantees future business. Branding inspires employees. A brand…

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What is Clear Space?

Clear space refers to a specific amount of are a logo is defined to have on all sides (in a brand standards manual or house style guide), no matter where the logo is applied. The reason for clear space is to ensure the logo maximizes visibility and impact. There is no set rule for defining…

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What is Typography?

Essentially, typography is the visual component of the written word. It is the technique, and art, of arranging letters in a way that makes the text legible, clear, and visually appealing to the reader. Typography involves the structure, size, weight, and style of the characters. It also considers the amount of space between the letters,…

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Typefaces & Fonts Do More Than Transmit Words

Do the typefaces and fonts you choose for your brand materials matter? As long as it’s in a language the audience understands, they’ll get the intended message, right? Wrong. Typefaces and fonts are essentially the shapes of the letters. Shapes are multi-sensory, meaning they affect more than one of your senses and can easily elicit…

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Do You Need a Social Media Presence?

The answer is a definitive, yes. Maintaining a consistent social media presence helps establish your brand, enforces brand cohesiveness, helps strengthen connections with existing clients, and builds trust with potential clients. An effective social media strategy requires strategic planning and a committed effort, but has many benefits for your business. Your business’s social media content…

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Different Applications of Graphic Design Skills

There are a lot of different possible applications for graphic design. Some graphic designers or agencies will specialize, or be niche-specific. However, many brands often require numerous avenues for approaching brand awareness. Since a branding agency concerns itself with your brand on a comprehensive level—from the tiniest details to the big picture—they can be a…

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Advertising, Marketing, or Branding Agency?

Choosing an agency to help with your advertising, marketing, or branding needs can seem overwhelming. The agency you choose will play an important role in determining how your potential clients view your company. Which one do you need? If you imagine agencies in healthcare terms – marketing agencies are generalists (the basic needs), advertising agencies…

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What is Brand Consistency and Why is it Important?

Brand consistency means always delivering messages aligned with the core brand values in the same tone, presenting the brand’s visual language in a consistent way, and repeating the same colors throughout the cohesive brand experience. Over time, these elements become ingrained in the minds of consumers, and they’re more likely to remember your brand. Brand…