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A transitional font by Robert Slimbach, Utopia was originally designed for print. It is part of the Adobe Originals series.
Utopia has a vertical stress and significant contrast between thick and thin strokes. The strong vertical strokes and the slightly square bowl give the font a “square” feeling when used for text. It has a similar x-height and apertures to Georgia. Utopia’s letterspacing is slightly tighter, so I personally find it easier to read at larger sizes.
Utopia comes in 6 styles. Even though it was originally designed for print, Utopia is well hinted and tests well across browsers. The family is available on Typekit.
A serif font designed by Alexandra Korolkova, Olga Umpeleva, and Vladimir Yefimov and released by ParaType in 2010.
PT Serif is primarily a Transitional font; it feels more “idealized” than “written.” It has more contrast between thick and thin strokes than you’ll see in an Old Style font, and it has a vertical stress. Terminals and serifs feel more stylized than pen-formed.
PT Serif has a slightly larger x-height than Georgia, and holds up well at smaller sizes. It also pairs beautifully with its companion font, PT Sans.
Designed by Steve Matteson, Type Director of Ascender Corp.
Droid Serif is a transitional font; it feels more “idealized” than “written.” It has a slightly condensed, “square-feeling” bowl, contrast between thick and thin strokes, a vertical stress, and terminals and serifs that don’t look pen-formed. It has a significantly larger x-height than Georgia.
According to Ascender Corp., Droid Serif “features slightly condensed letterforms to maximize the amount of text displayed on small screens. Vertical stress, sturdy serifs and open forms contribute to the readability of Droid Serif while its proportion and overall design complement its companion Droid Sans.”
A font by Christian Robertson (Betatype). Serif 6 Beta is part of a larger family of fonts called Serif Beta.
Serif 6 Beta has slightly heavier strokes than the rest of the family. Though it is heavier than most transitional fonts, and has relatively small closed counterforms on the a and e, its terminals, serifs, stress, and bowls feel more transitional than old style. Serif 6 Beta feels more “idealized” than “written.” It has a slightly larger x-height than Georgia.
Serif 6 beta comes in regular, italic, bold, and bold italic. It tests well across browsers, though there are some letterspacing issues in Safari on Windows XP. The whole family is available for free download at Betatype.