Cutting off serifs

marcinpetrus's picture

Do you know any examples of experiments with cutting off serifs in a classic serif typeface?
I know it is not the right way to make a sans-serif font but maybe something like that has been done.
I will be grateful for any examples.

Florian Hardwig's picture

Hi Marcin,
Courier Sans has been made like that. It’s up to you if you wanna refer to Courier as a classic serif typeface.

Miss Tiffany's picture

The word "classic" is arguable, but Rotis would fit.

Florian Hardwig's picture

Rotis – its serifs were cut off? I’d thought they were tacked on! ;)

crossgrove's picture

Martin Majoor describes his technique of making the sans versions of his serif faces this way. I don't think it works, since it ignores so many other aspects of balance that need consideration.

Matthew Carter, long ago, did some experiments in 'sansifying' a Renaissance Roman (no particular typeface, just letterforms), but didn't continue with it. It wasn't meant to produce direct results, and it didn't.

Then there are all the quick and dirty grunge faces from the 90s where serifs were clipped to make a "new" face. Once the clipping operation was over, they weren't "classic" anymore....

This does bring up the dilemma that we call such typefaces "sans-serif", which implies the former presence of serifs, even though it's really not true. The last 100 years is awash in this style of letterform. Shouldn't there be a different name by now? "Lineale" or "Grotesk" anyone?

Alessandro Segalini's picture

In Italian it is also "bastone" ("stick/cane characters").

marcinpetrus's picture

Thanks everyone for the comments

crossgrove: do you have any examples of the Matthew carter experiments?

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