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What are serifs for?

Hello to all!

As some of you may know, I've been writing type-related articles at So I want to ask you guys (that are way more knowledgeable than I am at the subject) the following two questions:

  1. What are serifs for; what's their function?
  2. Why did sans-serif fonts became more used than serif ones?

I have my own theories about it and I'll post them here in due time.

Thank you in advance for helping me out!


I would appreciate if you could fill in this short survey below about generating ligatures automatically as part of my final year project for my Degree in ICT, Thanks I really appreciate it :)

Best Regards


FontLab is surveying users of their software (and competitors), and offering some nice prizes for responses, and even just tweeting about it.

I am collecting information on the ethics and legality of digital font usage for my undergraduate thesis using a survey. I'm focusing on students, instructors, and professionals who are involved in the design community. I've received over 80 responses so far, but am looking for as many as I can obtain, so please feel free to share with your friends or colleagues!

If you would like to offer any additional resources/information in regards to these issues, please contact me at:

The link is below, and the survey takes about 5 minutes to complete. Thank you in advance!

Had a good scour of the internet yet everywhere i go says this font is arial, although there are slight differences such as the flat bottom of the S. To make matters worse i only have few letters to make a judgement upon... here goes anyway id appreciate any help!

Hi All!

I'm a thesis student at OCAD (Ontario College of Art and Design) in Toronto, Canada, and I'm trying to start up a typeface foundry at our school called Xheight.

The foundry will promote, nurture and distribute student typeface design through the web. There's also a printed annual component.

Please help my research out by doing the survey at ! Suggestions are much appreciated as well :D Thanks!

Dear typophiles,

I am doing background research for the TypeCon Education Forum this summer where we will discuss what might comprise a post-graduate degree program in typography here in the U.S.
Please look over the list below and respond by identifying any areas which you have been educated in, have had training in, or have investigated on your own in order to further your typographic work.

This survey is meant for anyone who considers that typography is central to their main line of work. You do not have to be a type designer. Also, feel free to add any areas you think have been overlooked. My objective is to learn what kind of backgrounds those who are currently working in the field have.

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