Fonts inbetween serif and sans serif

iiod's picture

hi. i'm looking for good inbetween serif and sans serif fonts? any ideas? something like californian sans i'm thinking..


Jan's picture

Hm. Ocean Sans?
You probably considered and rejected Optima.

Ricardo Cordoba's picture

How about Otl Aicher's Rotis? It includes semi-sans and semi-serif weights.

Stephen Coles's picture

I am a huge fan of the underrated Alinea Incise
Penumbra Flare for titling.

jupiterboy's picture

Areplos would be worth a look.

Gary Long's picture

FF Angie (

Jackie Frant's picture

In the type shop we use to refer to these as Nipple Fonts

Friz Quadrata, Novarese, Laudatio, Quorum, Newtext are the ones I remember off the top of my head.
Then of course there is always Rotis Semiserif...

blank's picture

Magma or Basalt, depending on your needs.

crossgrove's picture

If it not too immodest to suggest: Beorcana.

Stonetramp's picture

I really like Baker Signet, but have never found it in families.

Nick Shinn's picture

There are three distinct categories here.

1. Nipple fonts.
2. Semi- and someserif- fonts.
3. Flared stroke fonts. But really, a category of sans -- very little to do with serifs.

I've done a couple of nipple fonts (thanks for the term Jackie, which I will now find impossible to forget!) -- Paradigm and Beaufort (upper), both with fairly low contrast, but a different approach to the quality of nipple. And the some-serifed Morphica (lower), which is in between sans, serif, and several other things as well.

Jackie Frant's picture

You are quite welcome Nick. You would have had a lot of fun around my shop - the guys sure did!

iiod's picture

wicked. thanks for your help. will check out all your suggestions.

Rob O. Font's picture

"....californian sans.."


iiod's picture

californian sans is the one ive gone with.

Nick Shinn's picture

Couldn't find that one in your specimen book David -- only available in the UK?

William Berkson's picture

Is iiod talking about California Sans?

Co's picture

How about OurType Versa by Peter Verheul
or, Eva by Merel Matzinger ?

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