Learn How to Pair Fonts with 25 Perfect Font Combinations
Choosing a font for your next project can feel like a daunting task at times, but pairing fonts can be a bit intimidating, even for designers, and you don’t have to be a designer to successfully pair fonts that will make your design stand out above the rest and have people take notice.
You are fixing to learn the basics of choosing great fonts that compliment each other rather than compete against one another.
Table of Contents
- Typography 101
- Anatomy of a Character
- Font Classification
- The Best Way to Pair Fonts
- 25 Font Pairings
- Magic Sparkle & Beverly Hills
- Lastica & Magic Sparkle
- Assalwa & Minimalust
- Millik & Betterfly
- Millik & Soage
- Mokoto & Joseph Sophia
- Rawgly & Sweetie Almeera
- Yourever & Million Dreams
- Shark Bite & Hey Magnolia
- Badhorse & Hey Magnolia
- Mova & Petit Nuage
- More Sugar & Beverly Hills
- Lazydog & Million Dreams
- Artis & Nomark
- Soage & I Love Glitter
- Letter Magic & Million Dreams
- Masterblush & Sweetie Almeera
- Million Dreams & Butter and Garlic
- Mova & Homeland
- Hit and Run & Photoshoot
- Millik & About Love
- Badhorse & Sweetie Almeera
- Alyssum & Thank You Nurses
- Leopard & Nomark
- Creative Vintage Display and Script
- Creative Fabrica Fonts
- Creative Fabrica Articles
- Creative Fabrica Tools
Typography can be a confusing subject. What is a typeface anyway? Isn’t that the same thing as a font? Even though we use them interchangeably, there is a difference. A typeface is a set of glyphs (an alphabet with its punctuation and numbers) that share a common design while a font is a set of glyphs within a typeface.
A typeface is the name of a family of related fonts, such as Calibri or Times New Roman, while the fonts are the weight, width, and style of the typeface.
A good analogy that will help you understand this is to think about the Smith Family. The Smith’s have three children. So, the Smiths are a family (typeface) of five (fonts).
Anatomy of a Character
If you examine the details of the characters that make up our alphabet, you’ll notice that each design has its differences. You don’t have to memorize the details but if you familiarize yourself with them, it will make it easier for you to communicate with a Type Designer if you ever need one.
Choosing Fonts for your Data Visualization is a great article that goes into more detail with how to pick a highly readable font for your project.
There are four basic font styles: those with serifs, those without, script and decorative.
Serif has decorative strokes at the end of the main stroke on a letter.
Sans Serif are fonts without the decorative strokes.
Script fonts look like handwriting, cursive, or a calligraphic style.
Display fonts come in many styles and have a decorative nature. They can be fancy, script, block, or all caps. Due to their decorative style, they are best used as headlines and in small amounts.
There’s a ton of information about font type classification out on the web, but this article Beginning Graphic Design: Typography, breaks it down into the simplest form. And if you want to go into more depth with understanding typography, check out Type Classifications and 4 Types of Fonts.
The Best Way to Pair Fonts
Choose fonts that complement or contrast each other, but never compete. You want your fonts to complement one another and the easiest way to do that is to use fonts that are within the same font family.
For example, the Ariel font has choices like Narrow, Italics, Bold, Bold Italics, all within the same font family.
If you want to contrast your fonts, look for two fonts that are completely different yet complement each other. Normally, that would be a serif font paired with a sans serif font. Just be careful that the fonts aren’t too similar, or they’ll conflict with one another, and they won’t look particularly nice together.
One font should be more prominent than the other. You can do this by varying the weight and thickness of your fonts. Your title could be big and bold, making it the main focus, and your sub-title could be a script in a smaller style distributing the weight of your design.
Stick with two to three fonts in your design. If the design is a postcard, you only need two fonts. If you’re designing a flyer or your webpage with a lot of type, three will look nice but you never want to use more than three.
25 Font Pairings
Magic Sparkle and Beverly Hills
Lastica and Magic Sparkle
Assalwa and Minimalust
Millik and Betterfly
Millik is a display font with its bold and chunky letters that can be paired with this beautiful script font, Betterfly, that is packed with glyphs giving you versatility in creating many different projects.
Millik and Soage
Mokoto and Joseph Sophia
Rawgly and Sweetie Almeera
Yourever and Million Dreams
Shark Bite and Hey Magnolia
Shark Bite is a nautical-themed display font with a splash of personality that you can get creative with its doodle font that is included. Pair it with this incredibly unique handwritten font, Hey Magnolia.
Hey Magnolia and Badhorse
Mova and Petit Nuage
Mova is an incredibly unique display font that you can pair with Petit Nuage, a decorative signature font with a handwritten feel. These two together are perfect for modern handwritten designing needs.
More Sugar and Beverly Hills
More Sugar and Beverly Hills are both handwritten fonts but with the contrast from the bold, fun, and bounciness of More Sugar to the thin lines of the playful Beverly Hills, they really go well together.
Lazydog and Million Dreams
Lazydog is a sweet and friendly handwritten font that has a natural and unique style making it so useful for a large variety of designs. Pair it with this equally versatile modern vintage typeface, Million Dreams, and let your imagination run wild.
Artis and Nomark
Soage and I Love Glitter
Letter Magic and Million Dreams
Masterblush and Sweetie Almeera
Million Dreams and Butter and Garlic
Mova and Homeland
Hit and Run
Millik and About Love
Badhorse and Sweetie Almeera
Alyssum and Thank You Nurses
Leopard and Nomark
Creative Vintage Duo
Creative Vintage is an incredibly unique and interesting duo as it comes with both a display font and a script font that go well when paired together.
Creative Fabrica Fonts
Creative Fabrica is your source for fonts. With now over 73,000 fonts, from paid to discounted to free, you’ll never be without that perfect font again.
Keep up with what’s new and popular by checking out the latest fonts.
They offer a large selection of Free Fonts for Commercial Use and they all come with a commercial license. They’re updated daily and some are time sensitive so check often so you don’t miss out.
More than 5,000 Sans Serif Fonts and so much more. From Slab Serif Fonts to Script and Handwritten Fonts to Colorful Fonts, you will find the right font for your project. And there’s even more: Design Fonts, Small Fonts, Text Fonts, Bold Fonts, Italic Fonts, Graphic Design Fonts, Photoshop Fonts, Stylish Fonts and Script Fonts. You’ll always be able to find that perfect font.
Creative Fabrica Articles
Creative Fabrica also has several articles teaching you about the best fonts to use for your project. Check them out below:
- 5 Different Font Styles and How to Use Them
- 25 Stunning Cricut Fonts for Your Next Vinyl Project
- 37 Fonts for T-Shirt Designs
- 38 Best Fonts for your Pro Logo Design
Creative Fabrica Tools
With the Free Webfont Generator, you can easily convert your ttf and otf fonts into usable webfonts.
Easily work with your fonts instead of managing them with this Free Online Font Manager.
Now that you have a better understanding of the types of fonts and how to pair them, and some ideas on the best font pairings, what are you waiting for? Start that next project.