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Serifs
43(69.4%)
Sans serifs
19(30.6%)

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celandineb
Oct. 4th, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
Generally speaking: offline, serifs; online, sans serifs.
forthright
Oct. 4th, 2009 11:43 pm (UTC)
Agreed.
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eulistes
Oct. 4th, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
How am I supposed to answer a question like that?!?! I answered "serifs", because in a totally abstract way I do prefer the aesthetic flexibility they add to letterforms, but it totally depends on the context.

Serif: Cochin, Garamond, Charlemagne.
Sans serif: Gill Sans, Futura, Corbel.
Free font hobby designer: Pia Frauss.

—says the girl who accidentally all fonts but the system fonts off her computer this afternoon. Will have to reload and reconstitute from office computer. Sigh.
owlfish
Oct. 5th, 2009 08:18 am (UTC)
I know, it was totally unfair. You don't have to answer it; I was curious what the majority response would be from those who did, however. I wondered if Serifs would win out among medievalists and Sans Serifs among the computer scientists and engineers. (And, indeed, if there were other discernible trends along those lines.)

Still, I'm delighted to have what looks like a list of your favorite fonts.
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makyo
Oct. 5th, 2009 12:01 am (UTC)
San Serriffe, definitely...
owlfish
Oct. 5th, 2009 08:19 am (UTC)
Indeed!
tisiphone
Oct. 5th, 2009 12:19 am (UTC)
I thought you were referring to the font the poll was displayed in.
owlfish
Oct. 5th, 2009 08:16 am (UTC)
As good a way to answer it as any!
a_d_medievalist
Oct. 5th, 2009 01:49 am (UTC)
I said serifs, because they are easier to read, but really... um... isn't the whole point of fonts that there are different fonts for different kinds of things?


Context is all!
owlfish
Oct. 5th, 2009 08:20 am (UTC)
Yes, context is all; but I still wondered what the results would be for those willing to commit one way or another. Serifs are easily winning out among those who've responded.
kashmera
Oct. 5th, 2009 02:27 am (UTC)
Despite working on numerous user interfaces I am so clueless I though sans serif was an individual font, had not heard of serif, and got confused by the whole question.
I have designers for that sort of thing :o)
owlfish
Oct. 5th, 2009 08:21 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm delighted to know that not everyone knows what they are. It's rather reassuring in a way. Bonus: You now know.
ivpiter
Oct. 5th, 2009 02:55 am (UTC)
I shot the serif... but I did not shoot the dangler.
sollersuk
Oct. 5th, 2009 06:16 am (UTC)
Serifs. We use a sans serif font at work and I dislike the ambiguity of not being able to tell upper case "i" from lower case "l".
daisho
Oct. 5th, 2009 06:39 am (UTC)
I cannot answer that question, because they are both superior for their respective proper uses. Serif fonts are more readable, which means they are superior for long tracts of text such as a book or speech. Sans fonts are more legible, which means they are good for instructions that must be read quickly, like roadsigns (which you will note all use sans fonts) and buttons.

Also, because sans fonts tend to have uniform width across the entire letter, they are better at small point sizes; serif fonts have thinner elements that tend to disappear below 7pt if the printing is a bit sub-par.
owlfish
Oct. 5th, 2009 08:22 am (UTC)
I do not disagree. And yet it is still interesting to see what the results are from those who are willing to choose.
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chickenfeet2003
Oct. 5th, 2009 10:49 am (UTC)
For routine work documents I tend to follow the convention of sans serifs headers and serifs body text. On the web, sans serifs for sure. Most fancy typography tends to involve serifs fonts. About 1/3 of livres d'artiste issued between 1945 and 1970 used Garamond.
saffenn
Oct. 5th, 2009 11:31 am (UTC)
I hit sans serif unconsciously, since I just watched part of Helvetica yesterday. But, in reality, I tend to use Times New Roman for everything (I even change my browser to default to it sometimes). Of course, my graphic designer friend winced when I told him that, too - he tells me it means I'm "bland" :)
seph_hazard
Oct. 5th, 2009 04:59 pm (UTC)
Serifs! All the way. But, er, not because of all the good reasons others have mentioned, I just think they're prettier...
owlfish
Oct. 7th, 2009 03:53 pm (UTC)
They ARE prettier!
4ll4n0
Oct. 8th, 2009 02:50 am (UTC)
I put serif because I tend to use Times New Roman (boring as this may be) and I like those dangly bits... However some of my favourite fonts are sans serifs like Bell Gothic (used in phone books), comic sans and I think the calligraphy I'm currently practicing (assuming calligraphy can be so designated).
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