When I did a post about a month back about my favorite graphic-friendly fonts, I had a few requests to show what methods I use to combine fonts. I honestly think it’s a skill that’s just acquired with a lot of trial and error. You really need to play around with fonts to realize what works (and doesn’t work) for you. However, I think there are some basic methods to combining fonts that work for pretty much everyone!
A few more tips…
1. Overlap Rows –
One of my favorite ways to add design element to a combination of fonts is to overlap the rows. Especially when you have one part of the letters in a word sticking up (think about the upper portion of an h, or the lower portion of a p), kind of push that into the row next to it. It gets rid of white space in design and makes for a more cohesive look!
2. Change up the colors –
If you’re using two fonts, I’d definitely recommend changing the colors on them as well. It adds so much more dimension to the look of your fonts.
3. Don’t put 2 similar fonts together –
4. Don’t overdo it –
This is one of the most common mistakes I see. It looks entirely too jumbled and chaotic to put more than a couple of fonts together. I like to stick to 2, but I’d say 3 is the absolute max I’d use in a font combination. On a similar note, try to keep the “mood” of the fonts similar…you don’t want to pair formal with a kid-style font!
5. Get in those nooks and crannies –
It makes your font combinations look so much more cohesive and “designed” when you fit fonts in those nooks and crannies. Again, going back to the elements of a word that kind of stick out, like the p or the h…stick words between two of those elements in the word below it. It’s an easy way to look really professional with your graphics.
6. Balance your rows –
I’m open to any questions or comments about all things font…leave them in the comments below!
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