4️⃣How to pair typefaces

👋 Introduction

Some products use more than one typeface. This module tells you what to keep in mind when pairing typefaces.

1️⃣ Pairing Typefaces

1️⃣ Pair fonts with different characteristics for visual interest

Use fonts with different weights, styles, or serif/sans-serif variations.

Make sure to choose fonts with noticeable differences in style, weight, or structure in order to avoid a lack of distinction. For example, avoid pairing serif with serif.

2️⃣ Use distinct font styles to establish visual order

Use decorative or elaborate fonts for headings or titles, and more straightforward, readable fonts for body text.

Avoid using fonts with conflicting styles that create dissonance. For example, pairing an elegant script font with a heavy, blocky font may result in jarring contrast.

3️⃣ Pair fonts that complement each other in tone or mood

A modern sans-serif font may pair well with a clean, geometric serif font.

Be cautious about pairing fonts that convey conflicting moods or aesthetics. For instance, pairing a playful, whimsical font with a formal, business-oriented font may result in a mismatched design.

4️⃣ Prioritise readability when pairing fonts, especially for longer text

Ensure the combination can be easily read at different sizes and across devices.

Mixing fonts can add depth and interest, enhancing a design's overall aesthetic. But you must ensure that the typeface you choose for the body text is readable.

5️⃣ Limit the number of fonts to maintain consistency and avoid visual clutter

Two or three fonts are usually sufficient for most projects.

Test your font combination at various sizes and consider how it will appear on different devices or mediums to avoid poor scaling.

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