Typography: Serif and Sans Serif

This week I explored typography by typesetting my name in three sans serif fonts (which is my general preference) and three serif fonts.

Sans Serifs

First up is Roboto. I really like this typeface. It’s got clean lines. It looks modern. And it’s easy to read. I chose the condensed light version because otherwise the repeated round shapes of C, O, and tend to stretch out the name too much for my liking.


Next is Helvetica Neue Light. Again, a really clean, modern typeface. I used all lowercase because  there’s an interesting contrast in the height difference between the Ls and the Fs and the rest of the letters.


This font is Gestalt. It’s ultra-modern? Post-modern? Übermodern? Either way it’s very cool. I really like the contrast between the geometric forms, the parallel lines and the round shapes.

Gestalt Linear Medium


Monox. An updated version of a classic monospace typeface. Meaning each letter takes up the same amount of horizontal space. This works especially well for my name because there’s not an overemphasis on the first letters of each word. Also there’s a nice difference in shape between the C and the O, which can get repetitive sometimes.


Big Caslon. A very classy serif with a decently sized contrast between thick and thin strokes. I like the details in this font, like the horizontally symmetric serifs on the C and the similar flag-looking serifs on the L and R.


Finally we have Klinic Slab. A less serious, but very charming serif. I set the name in Italic because the skew highlights the parallel lines of the L and Fs nicely.


Family Portrait