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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5 Ways a Well-Built Brand Makes Your Company Money

When you’ve built a brand, it makes it easier for your target audiences to notice you and recognize you. Amidst all the loud marketing, a strong brand allows a customer to clearly see what your business is and why your offerings matter to them. This makes it more compelling and more likely they will patronize…

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Comical Global Branding Fails

Even the biggest brands can make mistakes when bringing their brand to new markets. A company should always carefully research and identify any cultural differences, or language translations, when expanding their business. You want to catch any possible missteps before they happen. Here are some epic fails for a good laugh. Coca-Cola When first launched…

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Why You Should Care About Branding Your Business

It is safe to assume most everyone will look you up on Google prior to visiting your business, hiring you for a service, or purchasing your products and/or services. Whenever you interact with people, whether in-person or online, how you present your brand is exceedingly important. Think of all of the brands you know. While…

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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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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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8 Signs You Need to Update Your Brand

Your brand is outdated. Maybe the logo looks old fashioned instead of timeless, or the core messaging has evolved. Sometimes things change, and that’s ok. Your target audience has changed. Whether you need to refocus on your current audience, or reach a new audience entirely, it’s time to reassess your brand. You are undergoing a…