Is Marcellus a serif font?


I was searching for serif fonts on Google Fonts and happened across Marcellus.

A sample of the Marcellus font, with the "Grumpy wizards" sample text

However, if I were shown it out of any context, I'd call it a sans-serif font. I can see small hits of what might be called serifs, but on most characters it just seems like a tapered-out stroke. Is Marcellus considered serif, sans-serif, or something else altogether?

3/2/2015 5:11:00 PM

Accepted Answer

Fonts like this are called glyphic serif. But since for example Optima is widely considered a sans serif, I don’t think it would be wrong to say the same for Marcellus.

By the way: The German font classification system (DIN 16518) considers fonts like this to be Antiqua-Variants. Antiqua-fonts that can’t be classified clearly as serif or sans-serif go in this category.

10/26/2014 5:37:00 PM