I've seen in some questions (Fonts for technical reports and What font types are good for a technical document?) that there are many answers to the "what types of font should I use".

Since there is no school template nor policy for thesis writing, I'm thinking about using something like this (which is heavily influenced by the KOMA script bundle for LaTeX):

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I'm pretty satisfied with the Chapter title, the inspirational quote and the drop cap. What I would like to know is what type of fonts can I use ---that is in harmony with the complete text and chapter title--- for the section, subsection and subsubsection. Please keep in mind that the numbering must be preserved.

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Mixing Serif and Sans-Serif, in my opinion, works in a web context, but looks a bit off in this case.

I don't feel you need to use different fonts for the titles, the chapter name looks nice because it's serif and it's readable, and mainly because it just looks consistent with the rest of the text. The sans-serifs in the subsections work inversely, they cut the reading flow.

I'd consider using the same font and playing with size and weight. Can't get more harmonic than that :)

For example:

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  • Great advice! When you say playing with size and weight, I can imagine the higher the section, the larger the font. What about the weight? Should I always use bold? Commented Apr 1, 2014 at 21:30
  • This is quite personal, but I'd probably go for larger non bold for Section, smaller bold for subsection and small non bold for subsubsection. Let me see if I can create a quick sample..
    – Yisela
    Commented Apr 1, 2014 at 21:31
  • I've been playing around with it, and the subsubsection can only be as large as the normal text size (otherwise the section is just too large). So, I have LARGE section, Large subsection and normalsize subsubsection. I'm guessing since I have normalsize for the subsubsection, it should be bold, right? Commented Apr 1, 2014 at 21:38

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