Follow These 7 Rules and Become a Pro in Pairing Up Fonts

May 27, 2019

Pairing up fonts is a big challenge for some and an easy task for others. You might be envying the latter for being able to do so and you might be thinking how on earth do they do that!

Some fonts, when paired up together may look great and some are better to stay away from each other. If you’re new to this and want to learn how you can easily pair up fonts like a pro, read through our guidelines and you’ll be experimenting with a 90-100% success rate in no time!


Pairing Up Same Font Family

Pairing up fonts belonging to the same family is perhaps the easiest rule to follow. Font families can either be Times New Roman, Helvetica, Serif, Sans Serif, Arial, Cursive, Monospace or Fantasy. One advantage of sticking up with the same font family is that it narrows your choices which makes it easier on your end. Whatever font family you choose, make sure it has



Font Visual Hierarchy

Have you noticed how newspapers and some magazines are formatted? These are some good examples of visual font hierarchy. Notice how headlines, sub headlines and content are differentiated from each other and how they have different font weights. These are some factors to be considered when creating typography projects. Think visually which ones the viewers will look at first and give it a little more emphasis.  


Font Moods

Another one to consider when creating typography designs is the font mood. Font moods can be plain, crazy, rounded or bubbly. When creating your designs, pick out the ones under the same mood but will also portray the same message.


Use Serif and Sans Serif

If you need to finish a project as soon as possible or if you are running out of time, the best fonts to use for your project should be a mix of serif and sans serif. It has been proven that these two works well together.


Form Some Contrasts

Font contrasts can be achieved in many ways. It can be by size, style, weight, color or spacing. For example, you can pair a chunky font with a thin font or a big with a small one.


Avoid Using Similar Fonts

One thing you should also avoid is pairing up fonts that are similar. The reason is pretty much self-explanatory, you won’t be able to distinguish design because of this.


Minimise the Number of Fonts Used

Ideally, you should keep the number of fonts you’ll be using for your project to about 2 or 3 only. Doing this could minimise confusion over your design and avoid clutter.


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