In typography, a serif is a small extension that exists at the end of a longer stroke, such as the leg of a letter “R” or “M”. A serif typeface is one that makes use of serifs. Some sources may refer to serif typefaces as “roman”. The details on serif fonts may render them illegible at small sizes; the reason why they are not preferred on display screens, and low-res displays. As high-resolution screens become widespread, we hope to see more of these popular serif fonts on screens. While sans-serif fonts look modern and contemporary, serif fonts are thought to be classical and traditional.
Top 10 popular serif fonts of 2020.
These are some of the best serif fonts used by designers around the world. Feel free to use one or more of these popular serif fonts in your next design project.
1. Adobe Garamond
Garamond is a serif typeface family consisting of many typefaces named after the Parisian engraver Claude Garamond. Adobe Garamond was designed by Robert Slimbach and released in 1989 by the Adobe Originals type foundry. The typeface is based on a Roman type by Garamond and an italic type by Robert Granjon. Upon release, Adobe Garamond gained popularity owing to its even, mature and authentic design, in contrast to the more aggressive ITC Garamond that was popular at the time. It has since grown to become one of the most popular Garamond versions in books and printing.
Plantin is an old-style serif typeface named after Christophe Plantin, a sixteenth-century printer. It was created in 1913 by the Monotype foundry, its design loosely based on a Gros Cicero face cut in the 16th century by Robert Granjon. Plantin was designed to be a font with thicker letterforms, but without sacrificing any legibility. The typeface family includes regular, light, and bold weights, along with their corresponding italics. It has garnered popularity since its release and has been digitized. About 2 decades after its original release, Plantin was used as one of the main models for the creation of Times New Roman.
3. Noe Display
Compared to other typefaces on this list, Noe Display is kind of the new kid on the block. Designed by Lauri Toikka, it is one set of optical sizes with the font Noe Text. The term ‘display’ is reserved for a category of typefaces that is unapologetically expressive. Noe Display speaks with clarity and confidence, its strong will is tempered by a graceful discipline. It contains classic attributes of serif type such as: a strong contrast between thicks and thins, elegant curves, fine details, and a vertical stress axis. Along with these classic features, Noe Display adopts modern characteristics that add a dash of fierceness to its elegance.
Starling was designed in 2009 by designer Mike Parker. It is an OpenType font that includes both lining and old-style figures.
5. Cooper Black
Cooper Black is an ultra-bold serif display typeface that was designed by Oswald Bruce Cooper and released in 1922. In the past, Cooper Black was advertised as being “for far-sighted printers with near-sighted customers”, but it has since grown in popularity for many audiences. Unlike other fonts in the 19th century which were hard-edged, Cooper Black is based on old-style serif letterings. This gives it a soft appearance and low contrast between thick and thin strokes.
Bodoni is a family of typefaces first designed by Giambattista Bodoni in the late eighteenth century. His designs varied and changed, ending with a geometric-looking typeface of a slightly condensed underlying structure that had flat serifs, wide contrast between thick and thin strokes. Bodoni has been named as “one of the most elegant typefaces ever designed” by Massimo Vignelli, an Italian designer.
Trajan is a serif typeface designed by Carol Twombly in 1989 for Adobe. Trajan’s design and name are based on Roman square capitals, as used for the writing at the base of Trajan’s Column. This typeface is in all-caps since the Romans didn’t make use of lowercase letters. Trajan was designed for display instead of printed text, specifically for use in large sizes. Since the digitization of Trajan, it has become very popular, achieved wide-spread use, and has been used on many film posters, television shows, and T.V.
Ogg is a calligraphic serif typeface designed by Lucas Sharp and released in 2013. Ogg’s design is based on the hand lettering of Oscar Ogg, a 20th-century calligrapher. The typeface captures the unique mix of calligraphic and typographic form that Oscar Ogg achieved through his use of hand-carved pen nibs, brushes, and white-out. The design of the Ogg typeface amplifies many of the telltale moves seen in Ogg’s calligraphic works such as his signature italic ascenders.
Romana is an old-style serif typeface designed by Theophile Beaudoire in 1860. Its design was based on the Lyons capitals from Louis Perrin. Romana has gotten overwhelming success and has gone by several names: Elzevir in France and Roemisch, Romanisch, Romaans, or Romana in Germany, Holland, and Switzerland. The typeface series was expanded in 1892 by Gustav Schroeder. Romana’s lettering is bold and elegant, featuring a unique “notch” in the curve of the lowercase j and f.
Caslon is an old-style serif typeface originally designed by type designer William Caslon in 1722. Caslon’s typefaces were popular in his lifetime and beyond, and Caslon is no exception. There was a brief period of eclipse in the early nineteenth century, after which they returned to popularity. Even after centuries, Caslon is being used widely on the web and desktop. Caslon is favored for display as well as for printed body text and books.