Choosing fonts that pair well with each other is a lot like choosing an outfit. You have to make sure everything works well together. Here are some ideas we’ve gathered up for some font pairing for inspiration.

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1 Launch Time

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Raleway (51, Bolded, All Caps, Centered, #747676), Yellow Tail (51, Lower Case, Regular,  Centered, #747676), Raleway (28, Bolded, All Caps, Centered, #d3e0d1)

  • Raleway is a modern, no-nonsense font with classy accents.
  • Yellowtail is a playful script with sharp angles that wouldn’t look out of place in the 1930s.
  • Keep things bold and fresh with a combination of Raleway and Yellowtail. It’s a good mix of new and old that’s perfect for opening night.

2 Outback Adventures

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Alfa Slab Serif (89, Regular, Capitalized, Right, #FFFFF), Nixie One (42, Regular, Capitalized, Right, #FFFFF)

  • Thick and bold fonts suit go well with eye-catching words and slogans. Alfa Slab Serif makes for a great choice with titles.
  • Thin fonts  at smaller sizes help put emphasis on thicker fonts. Nixie One is a thinner serif font that has a similar feel to Alfa Slab. Both are in theme with the outdoor-sy feel of the design.
  • Be adventurous with font sizes. The difference in size and weight can pull emphasis in all the right places.

 

3 Summer Camping

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Julius Sans One (18, Regular, All Caps, Center, #FFFFF), Julius Sans One (56, Regular, All Caps, Center, #FFFFF), Mr. Da Foe (37, Regular, Capitalized, Right, #FFFFF, Rotated)

  • When you need a feminine touch to your design, look for thin fonts with curves. Julius Sans One’s laid back can soften the edges of a rough design.
  • Rotating cursive fonts such as Mr. Da Foe, and aligning it to the background gives a design impact.
  • This pairing is best for when you want something down to earth and elegant. Camp out  fonts with similar tones can set the mood of your design.

4 Under The Sea

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Megrim  (96, Regular, All Caps, Right, #FFFFF) Satisfy (37, Regular, Lower Case, Right, #FFFFF)

  • Splash Megrim onto your page if you want a fun display font with quirky lines and accents. Perfect for a funky design or when you want to bring character to a boring area.
  • Satisfy is a is script font that’s bound to make waves with its loops and curves. Round designs and curved elements adds friendliness to a design.
  • Megrim and Satisfy contrast each other beautifully with the lines and curves in both fonts. Design is in the details. This is a subtle way for your design to shine.

 

5 Party it Out

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Roboto Condensed (86, Regular, All Caps, Centered, #FFFFF), Raleway (75, Bolded, All Caps, Centered,  #FFFFFF), Mr. Da Foe (56, Regular, Capitalized, Centered, #FFFFF, Rotated)

  • Roboto Condensed set to bold is both thick and tall. We’ve added spaces in the middle to create more balance and tie the whole design together.
  • Raleway’s versatility gives this scene a lot of balance  A font that’s easy to read can draw the viewers on to your topic.
  • Mr. Da Foe’s playfulness makes this design the life of the party. Tilting a font can sometimes make a word seem less intimidating and more inviting.
  • Combining fonts that are plain with a script font creates contrast. The difference in simplicity creates balance.

 

6 Let’s Face It

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Roboto Condensed (69, Regular, Capitalized, Centered, #5C856C), Kite One (56, Regular, Lower Case, Centered, #5C856C), Open Sans (69, Regular, Capitalized, Centered, #5C856C)

  • Shape your designs wih text. Roboto Condensed here is in all caps, with spaces between each letter so it can create a box that compliments the word in the middle.
  • Kite One is a font that’s naturally slanted. Slanted or italicised fonts is great for facing ideas and thoughts.
  • Be clear! Information should be easy to read.Use simple fonts such as Open Sans.
  • Don’t be afraid to use spaces between the letters or keep things as they are. Often professional designers will adjust the spacing between each letter to enhance the design. This is called kerning.

 

7 Awesomely Asian

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Raleway (28, Bolded, All Caps, Right, #FFFFF), Vampiro One (101, Regular, All Caps, Right, #ad0000), Raleway (16, Regular, Lower Case, Right, #FFFFF) 

  • Vampiro One is a great headline font that reminds us of Japanese characters with it’s thick strokes and slanted angles. Suit your fonts to your content.
  • For a zen pairing, Raleway contrasts it with it’s simplicity and it’s thinness. We’ve placed it in a box underneath the text to make it pop out more.
  • You can use rectangles and boxes underneath thin fonts so they don’t get drowned out of busy backgrounds.

 

8 Flower Power

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Quatterocento (108, Regular, All Caps, Center, #eccb46), Pinyon Script (142, Regular, Lower Case, Right, #eccb46), Quatterocento (15, Regular, All Caps, Left, #eccb46)

  • Let your design bloom with sophistication with Quatterocento. We’ve used this as both the header text and the body text, using size to make the distinction between the two.
  • Pinyon Script makes for an excellent pair as a calligraphy inspired script font. At the tip of the letter, we’ve added a swirl element (known as a flourish) to bring the design up even further.
  • Branch out and use elements to add hints of character to your design.

9 Down Low in Mexico

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Fredoka One (144, Regular, All Caps, Center, #ff00d9), Special Elite (24, Regular, All Caps, Center, #ff00d9)

  •  Add some spice to your designs with bold powerful fonts. However, if you want to get an in-between eye grabbing and friendly. Large fonts with ends rounded off, like Fredoka One can get you on track.
  • Getting grunge with a typewriter inspired fonts like Special Elite can add another layer of flavor to a design.
  • Using grungy accents together with a grunge font and can really make the design look put together.

10 Humble Honey

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Mr. Da Foe (85, Regular, All Caps, Center, #ffffff, Rotated ), Cabin Sketch (85, Regular, All Caps, Right, #ffffff)

  • Mr. Da Foe makes another humble appearance as a versatile, friendly font that looks terrific when at an angle.
  • Sticked together with Cabin Sketch, another great familiar font, can give the viewer a feeling of being welcomed.
  • To design something approachable use neat fonts that don’t look to corporate or too plain.

Ready to try some of your own font pairs?

Once you get your thoughts and ideas together and decide on a mood, trying to find the best font for your design should be a walk in a park. Don’t be afraid to be daring and explore. We’re hoping this post inspired you to create some great graphics.

Julya Buhain is a designer and writer for Canva. She gets super nerdy about design. Some of her favourite things in the world are nicely kerned typefaces, calligraphy pens and bubble tea.