How to Pair Fonts Together

I love fonts. La la la love them.   I’ve shared several posts of my favorite free fonts.  Today I want to talk about how to pair your favorite ones together.
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There are a few things to keep in mind when picking out fonts to go together.

-LESS IS MORE.
Choose two to three fonts at a time at the most.  (unless you’re creating subway art or something along those lines)
-MATCH THE TONE.
Pick fonts that go hand in hand with the text. If you use mismatched text to font, it’ll confuse your audience. For example- don’t use a scripty, dramatic font for a word like “dinosaur” or “punk rock.”
-BALANCE IS KEY.
In choosing your two fonts, make sure that they balance each other out.  Opposites attract.  Use one san serif and one script font.  Or one handwritten font and one script.  But stay away from fonts that look too similar. Creating contrast can be magical.
-LEGIBILITY.
Above all, make sure everyone can read whatever fonts you choose. Simple idea but I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to zoom in on something because I couldn’t read the font.

Oh and I found this cool font pairing site called Type Connection. It makes matches for you!
Here are some of my recent favorites listed above:

SAN SERIF:
ModernSan Serif are clean lined and contemporary.
Nexa
Fjalla
Antonio
Winterthur Condensed
Tuffy

SERIF:
ClassicSerif is has a timeless element to them.
Playfair Display
Sedgewick
Elsie
Geared
Very Fine Serif

SCRIPT:
RomanticScript is often used for drama.
Frosting For Breakfast
That’s Font Folks
Egregio Script
Xiomara
Prelude

HANDWRITTEN:
WhimsicalHandwritten can be used to create whimsy and playfulness.
Too Tight
Chalkboard Chum
Wonderyum
Simple Kind of GirlElsie’s Alphabet

Unsure of how to install them? Kayla Aimee has good, simple directions for installing fonts.
Check out these other font posts:
For the New Year
Fonts + Dingbats to Add to Your Growing Collection
For Spring
That Any Tween Would Want
In time for summer!

What style of font do you like best?  How do you like to pair your favorites together?
I linked this post up to some of these parties!

Mique
Hi- I'm Mique (as in Mickey). I started 30days as an idea file a few years ago. After three years and hundreds of ideas, I now realize that I'll never check them all off my list. When I'm not creating, I love spending time with family and friends and long drives, especially if they end at the beach.
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Comments

  1. says

    Very informative. Sometimes it can be really hard to find the fonts that have the look you are looking for and go well together without it getting confusing.

  2. says

    I totally share your font love, Mique! Thanks for the great tips of pairing fonts. I love mixing and matching fonts and creating new looks. I’ve got your tips on my Font Pinterest Board now. Thanks again, and have a great day!

    • says

      You’re welcome Kayla. I looked high and low for a good tutorial- people seem to have the hardest time knowing how to download good fonts. Glad you like this post!

  3. rvquilter says

    thanks for the sharing!
    What’s your suggestion for a font to use for embroidering a poem?

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