I was curious if the addition of serifs would enhance the legibility of my typeface. In traditional type design the role of serifs is to emphasize the horizontals and to optically ‘glue’ letters together within a word. I was looking for ways to achieve this effect in my design but discovered that the addition of horizontal serifs was not the solution. Some letters started to physically touch each other (like the rm combination for instance). The spacing between the letters altered dramatically as well. In my opinion it became too tight.

Also, since in essence pixels are completely square, the addition of serifs transformed my typeface into a slab serif. I felt that this made the typeface appear less elegant.

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