An examination is conducted of the colors and neutral hydrogen contents of spiral galaxies which have been classified in the Elmegreen and Elmegreen arm morphology system. Using these data, possible differences between the star formation activity in spiral galaxies with and without classic spiral arms are delineated. At the same revised Hubble type, spiral galaxies with regular global arm patterns (the grand design spirals) are bluer than spiral galaxies lacking such patterns (the flocculent spirals) by a small, but statistically significant amount (approximately 0.05 in B-V and approximately 0.15 in U-V). The neutral hydrogen contents of the two groups are roughly similar, implying the star formation rate averaged over a Hubble time has been approximately the same in grand design and flocculent systems. The color differences can be explained either by using an initial mass function in the flocculent spiral galaxies which is deficient in massive stars by a factor of 2 compared with the grand design systems, or by a decrease of 30 percent in the ratio of recent to past star formation rates in flocculent galaxies. The possibility is discussed that systematic Hubble type misclassifications significantly affect these conclusions.