Last Updated on May 26, 2023
In typography, a ‘serif’ is the small stroke (or strokes) attached to the end of a larger stroke, like flairs in certain designs. You can easily spot the difference of this font family from the non-serif ones when you see small lines sticking out of the letters. This first came out during the Renaissance and is making quite the comeback today.
Serif fonts are commonly used to add classical or formal touches to any visual. These little, decorative lines help in making readers distinguish one letter from the other – and they have better effects compared to its sans counterparts when using smaller sizes. These typefaces come in forms differentiated according to line thickness variations, curve openings, and the angles the serifs are coming out of.
Add emphasis to a presentation or document by using serif fonts along with contrasting color effects to get the best readability. Here are some of the best ones out there:
The Best Serif Fonts
1. Royal Crest
The Royal Crest typeface is a stunning example of modern elegance, with ornate and decorative characters that are truly exquisite. This font is the perfect choice for high-end design projects that require a luxurious touch. Designers will appreciate its extensive set of alternative characters, which provide ample flexibility and creative possibilities to produce unique designs.
Whether utilized for a logo, wedding invitation, website, or print ad, Royal Crest is guaranteed to make a statement and leave a lasting impression on viewers. Its versatility and beauty make it an essential addition to any designer’s toolkit.
Are you searching for a font that will make your designs pop like a tropical paradise? Then check out Avalar. This display typeface is anything but boring – it’s as bold and vibrant as a flamboyant flamingo. Use it to create beautiful wedding invitations, magazines, books, packaging designs, websites, mobile apps, and logos that scream “summer fun!”
Avalar comes in Bold and Regular styles, perfect for pairing with other cursive or sans serif fonts like a fruity cocktail. Think of it as a refreshing breeze on a hot day – timeless, just like the crystal clear waters of a tropical beach. So go ahead, play with the sizes and watch your designs come to life!
Trenton is a stencil serif typeface. This display font is beautiful and legible in small or large sizes. You can use it for logos, editorials, fashion, sports, blogs, advertising, invitations, posters, quotes, book covers, stationery, and more. If your goal is to create a unique and versatile stencil based design, then Trenton is for you.
Shizuko is a modern display typeface inspired by Japanese kanji fonts. This eye catching font comes in English style (there are no Japanese letters). You can use Shizuko to create rad posters, emblems, stickers, magazines, websites, social media posts, logos, apparel, packaging, and anything else your heart desires. The font is fully kerned and is ready to be used right away.
Another CreativeTacos product that gives a modern feel and also works well with script, signature, or handwriting styles.
Flavortype made this typeface available in 6 weights, giving you the flexibility for emphasis without worrying about design collision.
Castleton is a Halloween inspired typeface. This unique font is perfect for horror designs as well as fantasy based projects. You can use it for just about anything like posters, branding, apparel, stationary, stickers, packaging, movies, album covers, and more. Create eye-catching designs today with Castleton!
Sarld Ezra created this serif font with up to 6 styles, giving any presentation a degree of flexibility.
An all-caps typeface from New Tropical Design Studio emphasizes on varying line thickness, curves and cut-ins.
Wanderlust is a beautiful vintage soft vintage typeface. Wanderlust is a very versatile font, covering a wide range project types, from wedding invitations, to bold magazine imagery, to branding, poster design and so much more.
Layered, type-driven design inspired by 1980s advertising is on the rise. Sojourn will help your creative projects come alive and create eye-catching designs. Just like the famous 1980s advertisements by Apple, which pioneered the look with its launch campaign for the 1984 Macintosh.
Remark is a beautiful and sophisticated serif typeface inspired by the Ancient Roman Empire. The font’s bold and sharp edges demand the reader’s attention, which makes it perfect for commanding designs.
Aurora is a serif typeface designed to express bold, artistic, and grand projects. This font is pretty versatile in the sense that it can be used normally, but also looks stunning in all caps. Aurora can be used for a host of different projects like social media banners, ads, printed quotes, t-shirt designs, packaging, branding, and much more.
14. Merova Classic Serif
Another font from Sarld Ezra with alternating styles including slanted and outline modes.
15. London Luxe Serif
A Jen Wagner Co. product that uses differing line thickness for a stylish effect.
NiceStuffSupply presents this font with a combination of thick and thin lines, along with rounded consonant legs.
17. MADE Kenfolg
A titling serif font from MadeType that fuses a stenciled look with interesting curves.
Another Jen Wagner Co. product that makes use of classic lines combined with modern serifs.
From the Jen Wagner Co., this font boasts clean lines and modern serifs while keeping a touch of vintage.
A font from Blossom that mixes clean lines with traditional serifs.
21. The Telegraph
Inspired by headers of classic British newspapers, this Vintage Voyage D.S. product fills your need for an older-style typeface.
Latinotype took inspiration from Herb Lubalin’s serif gothic font with 14 styles and 2 layered variants to provide a range of combinations.
This stylistic lettering from Craft Supply Co. features some mechanics found in cursive writing for an elegant twist.
Rometheme Studios gives this font contrasting lines, and outward serifs.
25. Laguna Beach
This serif-script duo from the Jen Wagner Co. is used in tandem to give pronounced effects for branding, advertising and more.
Craft Supply Co. gives a font with a relatively stroke contrast and relative angling on some rounded characters.
This fantasy-inspired typeface from Paulo Goode includes 7 styles that can be purchased individually, or as a set.
28. Troye Font Trio
The Craft Supply Co. presents a package of a modern serif font, a sans serif counterpart and, a script.
29. Road Race Font Family
Available in 4 styles, this Craft Supply Co. product gets you the flexibility you need – all in one typeface.
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A font design that uses the style of transitional serifs.
Fontfabric merges modulated strokes with crisp serifs and elegant silhouettes.
From Cassandra Cappello, this typeface highlights the feminine touch for headers and presentation bodies.
Made by KA Designs, this gives a presentation an imperfect, hand-made touch.
Creativetacos created this font with sharply-angled serifs and rounded ends for letter arms.
This font from undercoster is a contrast of thick vertical lines and much thinner arms and/or legs.
36. Newburgh Family
This typeface by Maison Octave features prominent wedge-shaped serifs and visible stroke contrasts.
Haste is a lovely, hand-lettered, vintage serif font designed to make getting that perfect hand-lettering look super easy!
38. Neato Serif Rough
From Adam Ladd, this font will give your presentation or logo a rough, hand-drawn and letterpress appearance.
Sans and Sons created with duo font with thick lines for emphasized branding and/or naming and a cursive mode for signatures.
40. Chalmers Type
A font of pronounced, long curves and modern serifs from Swistblnk Std..