A traditional serif font has a small line at the end of each stroke, and it’s associated with print publications, like The New York Times. In fact, the serif typeface Baskerville was once declared the typeface of truth.
37 classic serif fonts to add to your collection
However, the serif font has evolved over time, and today, it dominates not only serious print publications, but playful online designs as well. In this list, we’re highlighting some of our favorite serif styles available with an ThemeKeeper Elements subscription:
1. Addison Typeface
Addison is a typeface that brings together modern western styles with a rustic texture. Between Addison West, with thick block serifs, and Circus, a more decorative face, the two would bring an authentic and unique style to any artwork. The bold faces make a stand and standout for any design concept.
2. Appareo Extra Light
Inspired by vintage books and the pages within, Appareo is an imperfect, worn serif font that comes in three weights. Each weight has a varying degree of distress, from Black, in which the press and ink fully set into the page, to Medium, Light and Extralight, where the texture is heaviest. Each weight also has a custom italics version of each character.
3. Baker Street Inline
Early sketches created an array of specialized ligatures from which the font really took shape. The family is comprised of regular, italic, inline and a rustic textured style. Baker Street delivers a multitude of Opentype features, primarily including hundreds of discretionary ligatures that connect letter pairs through varying flourishes.
4. Bangers And Mash Font
Bangers and Mash is a cheeky little beast, it’s loose and lively. It trips along the baseline without a care in the world.
5. Bistro Font
Bistro Sans & Serif is a hand crafted font that’s inspired by the chill vibes of your local cafe. It’s full of those hand-written imperfections that make your designs come to life! The three weights can be enhanced with a bi-color interior, fill, line, or slant to give your design that vintage or quirky feel.
6. BLACKY Typeface
Blacky typeface is a modern slab serif font for display in a bigger size, OpenType features with Stylistic Alternates that allows you to mix and match pairs of letters to fit your design, and also a shadow this font look stylist.
7. Boldoa Mat
Bodoa Mat inspired by an inscription on the window of a trader in one school. Is a seller “batagor”, which is a typical food of Indonesia.
Introducing an authentic touch based on old fashioned signage developed into the wood type feels, and it’s called Dealers. Dealers is a development of the classic taste wood type to form a solid blocked shapes, modern serifs, and with all caps based characters and slightly condensed.
Distractor is a woodtype and letterpress hybrid font loosely based on Bevan. Its bold distressed display makes for a great headline font, it gives your work that tactile feeling.
10. Esther Handmade
Esther is a classy handmade typeface that has been designed by Valerio Dell’Edera, who also has developed a Uppercase-Liga product line.
11. Euphoria Font Family
Introducing Euphoria Font Family. Well crafted typeface inspired by victorian and vintage typography. With 11 font and 1 extras files that work well together to make an instant vintage design.
12. Grandesa Typeface
This font is OpenType features with Stylistic Alternates and Contextual Alternate in some characters that allows you to mix and match pairs of letters to fit your design.
HAGEN is an fashion avantgarde inspired font, which consists of two weights. The font is builded up with in metal. Then subsequently create a logo for an electronic festival and several posters. Hagen Contains two weights, it’s regular and style.
14. Haste – 3 Handmade Font
Every person has a desire to make a combination of letters or lettering. but not everyone has the skills to make a handlettering and time to learn. for that I make three handmade fonts for you who need lettering to design your project needs.
Herald Typeface is an geometrically designed serif with bouncy baseline. Characteristic of this fonts will act to create an ambience of fun.
16. Herbert Lemuel
Add a vintage style to your design project with Herbert Lemuel font family. There are 6 different vintage styles that you can mix-match, just to have a fun, old school look.
17. Lawless Font
Inspired by the early American wood type of the 1800’s. It’s bold and brash and is the ideal typeface to get that vintage wild west look and feel.
18. Lost Volution
Lostvolution is a new classic and decorative typeface, victorian style. this typeface come with over than 150 alternate characters to fit your typography.
Luna is a slab serif typeface that suitable for any promotion and graphic design purposes. Also available in stylish version with a little bit “stencil” look on it.
20. Lunchbox Slab Regular
LunchBox Slab is the pair of LunchBox, a uniquely hand-drawn typeface that gives numerous customizable options and a fully authentic look. The serifs in LunchBox Slab are simple blocks, with bulbous terminals on curved letters, which creates a unique effect.
21. Madeline Handsketched Font
Introducing the first font from Layerform.com, we are proud to present this cute handsketched Font for you all. It comes in .TTF format and has a friendly, cute feel to it.
Magnifika inspired by the vintage lettering with lowercase and also a bit taste of victorian. This fonts especially for the display, but it’s still good when you use for long wording.
23. Marema Typeface
Just Launched Marema Typefaces. Insipired by the modern vintage posters then I create this Marema Typefaces.
24. Marinaio Family
This is the new Marinaio Font Family a hand crafted typeface designed by Valerio Dell’Edera. This was inspired by rubber-stamping and carving. This font sincerely says “I’m perfect for business cards, custom stamps, coffeetable books, letterhead, invitations and many more, anywhere you wish.”
25. Megeon Font
A bold//vintage/grunge style font set, perfect for creating headline display text very easy.
26. Murmers Typeface
Introducing murmers typeface is a serif font . Murmers typeface inspired by old films about a murder or crime . This is a great for vintage design, t-shirt, logo, labels, posters , badges and etc.
Novatny is a futuristic geometric typeface. OTF file.
28. Oatmeal Jack
Oatmeal Jack is a dynamic, script & serif hand lettered typeface, created manually using brush and marker. With 2 styles in the family, you can mix Oatmeal Jack to create vintage badges & stickers, greeting card title, signature for design work, badge and sticker, logo and return address, some cover design and so forth, you decide!
29. Rivina Pen Font Family
This group of creative and playful hand drawn serif fonts were inspired by the do it yourself movement that has exploded in recent years. What with the overload of all things virtual, this change of direction was inevitable, and one that I accept with open arms.
30. Sea Horse Typeface
Introducing our new font called Sea Horse, it’s inspired by old victorian typography and sign painting. this font is perfect for your vintage greeting cards, logo, and other classical design projects.
31. SF Kingston | Font
SF Kingston Pro is a contemporary Serif Didone typeface comprising of 6 weights (Extra Light, Light, Regular, Medium, Bold, Black) and houses an extended Latin character set for 80+ Languages. The font is a blend of separate grid systems, combining geometric shapes with more fluid characteristics, creating an even blend of circular and triangular components. Indentations are prevalent throughout and help emphasise its core design, based on a 45 degree pitch. With a variety of subtle characteristics, SF Kingston is an elegant yet robust typeface.
32. SUNN Line Serif Extended Font
SUNN Line Serif Extended Font comes in two weights – Bold and Regular, it has latin, latin extended, cyrillic letters, upper case and lower case letters.
Introducing the Tallow font family, an uppercase (+ small caps) hand drawn family that can be a great asset in a variety of design scenarios. Inspired by current trends, the design of Tallow is simple, effective and is available in both sans and serif styles that work great in combination.
34. Troupe Font
This is Troupe, a new handmade font inspired by hand-drawn lettering, doodles, old posters and other letterforms. The big surprise is that it’s not a script typeface, who’d have thought it.
35. Weem – Handwriting Font
Weem is a serif handwriting font, it’s sketchy but a strong bone underneath, ideal for playful and a bit serious designs – as for headlines and small text blocks!
36. Western Grit
Western Grit is a hand drawn typeface. It’s distressed, messed up, and has oodles of character. Like an old wanted poster or western sign. 100% handmade.
37. Zelda – ArtDeco Font
ArtDeco vintage style display font for your new projects. Great for modern but also for retro/vintage projects!
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