The Art of Mixing Typeface

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Typography is one of the most important aspects of any design (print and web-based) but unfortunately; it’s also often one of the most difficult aspects to get truly right.

Because of this, a lot of designers tend to stick to the same old boring typefaces (we’re talking Georgia, Times New Roman, etc.), as they’re reliable, easily sourced, and their font pairings have been widely documented online.

However, with the advent of huge open-source font directories such as Google Fonts (currently home to almost 700 font families), it’s important to realise that there’s a whole world of beautiful fonts out there, all of which won’t cost you a penny to use.

The thing is, with so many typefaces out there, it’s difficult to know which ones work well alongside each other.

If, like many, this aspect is a constant struggle, you might want to check out this infographic/cheat sheet from FastPrint.co.uk.

Essentially, it allows you to check the compatibility of hundreds of unique Google Font combinations in just a few seconds by cross-referencing two typefaces on the included chart.

It’s colour-coded so it’s instantly obvious whether or a not each combination is likely to work.

For example, it only takes you a few seconds to see that combining Lato and Lora is probably not the best idea, whereas combining Ubunto and Roboto, now that might be a match made in heaven!

Try it out for yourself below, and make sure to bookmark it for future reference.

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