I am a font hoarder. It’s a good thing fonts don’t become clutter in my house, because I might end up on some reality show.
The more experience I get with graphic design, the more important using the right fonts and pairing them well has become to me. Finding fonts that work well together provides a finished product that looks cohesive and polished rather than amateur.Pairing fonts like a pro...it's one of the secrets that takes your graphics from good to AMAZING.Click To Tweet
I have 6 basic rules for font pairing that I follow.
- Less is more. Two fonts is plenty of fonts to put into one graphic.
- Opposites attract. Bold & light. Business & casual. Flirty & serious. Your fonts can complete each other!
- Pick a mood. And then stick to it! Grungy, crisp, handwritten…whatever it is, make sure it works for both fonts.
- Family sticks together. Even font families. One of my favorite new fonts came as a whole family…complete with a brush script, a regular script and several prints. They work together seamlessly and can be mixed and matched so easily.
- Serif & non-serif are perfect pairs. Mixing two prints? Try this one out! You don’t have to worry about it being tacky like mixing leopard and tiger!
- Rules are made to be broken. Sometimes…once in a while… a girl just needs to break the rules.
I could explain the idea of font pairing until I’m blue in the face, but the truth is, visual aids work much better in this case.
(may contain affiliate links…because FONTS!)
- Pairing Fonts: Manhattan Darling
- Like a Pro: True North
- Less is more: Pringleton
- Just pick two: Heart and Soul
- Opposites attract: Caviar Dreams (Free)
- Even with fonts: Sweetly Broken
- Pick a mood: Pretty Script
- And stick to it: La Chic Pro
- Family stick together: Thriftshop Sans Upright
- Even font families: Thriftshop Brush Script
- Serif & non-serif: Cambria (Free)
- Are a perfect pair: Calibri (Free)
- Sometimes: Budmo (Free)
- You have to break the rules: Briar Rose
For more inspiration, check out my font board on Pinterest:
Do you have a font pairing that is a “default” for your site’s graphics and social media? If not, it’s time to make one.