6 perfect Google Font pairs to outshine your next design project
Google Fonts first launched in 2010 and has now become the world’s largest free and open source selection of fonts. The best part, all fonts are free for personal and commercial use. They are easily accessible to all on the Google Fonts site. Be it for your design needs or simply to make your next document look amazing, Google Fonts has hundreds of free web fonts ready to be used for your next project.
But how do you use them? This blog will walk you through 6 font pairings that work well together and tips for finding your own perfect pair!
1. Gotu & Cormorant Garamond
2. BEBAS & Roboto Slab
4. Prata & Baskerville
When pairing fonts there are no firm rules. There’s always a chance to find new combinations that turn out to look great. But despite simply downloading and using these fonts, here’s a few things you should keep in mind. Stick to these basic guidelines in order to ensure a great looking typographic design.
1.Try Different Variations
Most fonts come with a variety of options in thickness, weightage and styles. It’s vital to explore different fonts and test for yourself what works best for you. Experiment by using all caps or all lowercase. It’s important to note that pairing fonts is a completely subjective decision, hence trust your gut. Don’t be afraid to try new pairs!
2. Keep the Contrast
When using two different fonts, make sure they are visually contrasting. To achieve this use sans-serif with serif fonts or vice versa. Fonts paired together that have different weights,styles and thickness tend to contrast well together. You can also use colour between fonts to bring visual hierarchy and balance to the design.
3. When in doubt, keep it simple!
Today, we have endless options and platforms when it comes to choosing fonts. It can easily become overwhelming. When you’re confused try using a single font but make sure it has a good range of font weights (bold/italic/semibold). Or use two different fonts, one for the heading (e.g. Bold) and one for the body (e.g. Light), this is a common and easy way to pair your fonts.
We now have access to tons of resources on the web that can be extremely helpful when trying to pair different fonts together. Sites like Typewolf and Fontpair, offer inspiration and help you choose the perfect font pairings based on how you want to use them. Using such resources can help you achieve better looking results.
There is obviously a lot more nuance to this, but this will give you a good start, especially if you're new to the world of design. As long as you keep it simple, readable and visually contrasting you'll be right on track.