Font Pairing Like a Pro – Part Two

on August 19, 2014 . 4 Comments

Have you been playing with your font pairings and want to know which ones make harmonious duos?

Ensuring your typefaces complement each other is a vital part of design. In a follow-up post to our most popular Canva post ‘Font Pairing like a Pro,’ we give you some more creative and super effective font pairings to use in your designs.

Ensuring your typefaces complement each other is a vital part of design. In a follow-up post to our most popular Canva post ‘Font Pairing like a Pro,’ we give you some more creative and super effective font pairings to use in your designs.

To ensure you are familiar with the words used in this guide, we have included a new glossary with some feature terms from within this post.

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01. Cool and Cute

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Yellowtail, Roboto Condensed Regular + Bold
  • Yellowtail eludes a playful energy, a perfect type application for a children’s topic.
  • Create hierarchy by splitting your copy into sections and applying font size according to importance.
  • Apply a basic, geometric typeface to smaller text to help with legibility.
  • Extra tip – applying a vignette to your background image will create a radial effect, helping draw more focus to the text.

02. Edible Elegance

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Libre Baskerville Regular + Sacramento
  • Using the same typeface in sentence case and caps creates indifference, and still keeps it in the family! Libre Baskerville (Honeycomb & The Ultimate Dinner Treat) offers an elegant combination.
  • If your copy offers a descender (y), take advantage! Creep a word underneath(ice-cream)aligning it with the end of the word above.
  • Apply an embellishment like a line or a swirl as if it’s attached to your script type for a super-luxe effect!

03. Seriously Stylistic

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Times New Roman Italics, PT Sans Regular + Bold
  • Combining an italic with a sans serif creates a stylistic and chic ‘aesthetic’ – perfect for an interior design graphic.
  • To give finer typefaces more gusto – place copy on top of a contrasting colored shape.
  • Ensure your alignment is in check! Note the positioning of the dark rectangle, the ‘E’ in Aesthetics and the end of the third sentence.

04. Handwritten Holidays

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Architect’s Daughter + Lilita One
  • Sketch and handwritten typefaces have a great voice – a golden match when applied well.
  • Ensure there is balance within your text marriage, try to include a combination of text size and weight for variation.
  • Adding flavor to your design, like the flower to replace the tittle on the ‘i’ (yes, that’s what it’s called!) is a fun touch.

Ready to start your own font pairing magic?

Design is about having fun! Getting to know your font selection can take a little while, so we hope this has helped you continue your exploration with type styles and inspires some epic, fun, elegant and unique graphics!

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Poppie Pack is Canva's Senior Graphic Designer. She's responsible for many of the amazing layouts and graphics in Canva's library. Poppie's experience includes publishing and branding, which you will see has influenced the style produced on Canva. As Canva's resident Kiwi, Poppie has introduced vocabulary such as 'crisp' and 'totes' into the office vernacular.