145 responses to “19 top fonts in 19 top combinations”

  1. dustin

    serif – sans serif
    sans serif – serif
    serif – sans serif
    sans serif – serif

    Is that it?

  2. Aimee

    What are the fonts for the orange sub headings? (ie: Helvetica & Garamond, Caslon and Univers).

  3. David

    thank you for this line up, can you tell me how you go about adding these to a webpage?

  4. David

    I new a service like that existed somewhere but could never find one accept Google fonts(quite lame!).

    Thank you so much.

  5. Tim Kelly

    I like to use Times New Roman as the body type for my correspondence. What sans serif(s) would you recommend as the contrast type for the header?

    Thank you.

  6. Filip

    This is great. I like it… But isn’t it Lorum Ipsum *Dolor*… not “Dolar”? :)

  7. Quora

    What typefaces complement Helvetica best?…

    As a starting point to typeface pairings, see [1, 2]. A good pairing would be a serif in a more calligraphic style than Helvetica. Helvetica is a modern sans-serif typeface with fewer width variation than a humanist typeface, like serif Garamond. My pe…

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  10. Ragdoll

    I would love to see this pushed further. What about pairing two sans-serif faces together? What about using a non-bold heading? Why did you choose to pair each of these fonts together?

  11. Jamie

    Terrific resource! And I love that you have made it available in PDF format!! Many many thanks!

  12. Free fonts

    Thanks for sharing this great font list. for using them in heading and title. i will use them in my next projects!

  13. Marco Berrocal

    Would LOVE to see two sans-seriff boded together in font combinations to see how well they stack against each other.

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  15. muazfaris

    oh, helvetica is best combine with garamond.. how about georgia?

  16. Parag

    what is a good serif typeface to pair with OPEN SANS (sans serif)

  17. Adrienne

    I downloaded Neuton from Font Squirrel for a project I’m having printed through My Publisher.com. I have two issues.

    First, how small can I go and have this still considered readable? Right now I have the font at 10.5.

    Second, I’ve noticed that when I use the quote marks the spacing is really off. Is this because the font is not a good one or it just looks off but won’t be off? Or should I be getting the font from a different supplier to get a crisper version? I use a Mac.

    Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

  18. Scott Lindsey

    Thank you for the chart! It’s a great reference and time-saver.

  19. Blue Popovic

    For a newbie to font combinations, I must say your explanation and demonstration was not only flawless but executed in a friendly approach …and treating us to a PDF on top : thank you so much! May I ask what the typeface is in the main body of your article (e.g “I simply followed the golden rule of font combinations, which is simply to combine a serif and a sans serif to give “contrast” and not “concord”. The farther apart the typeface styles are, as a guideline…”) ?

  20. Henry A. Taylor

    Hi Doug, many thanks, you helped me a lot. A question that just arose: I’m writing a book where, obviously, I can’t use bold fonts, neither in the body nor with the names of the chapters, ’cause it would look horrible. Does it work if I don’t combine serif with sans serif but use only one typeface throughout the whole book (Adobe Garamond Pro) both in the body and in the chapter titles? I would use small caps to highlight chapter titles anyway, but would use Adobe Garamond Pro only. What do you think? Thanks in advance.

  21. Henry A. Taylor

    Superb, million thanks for the fast reply. Definitely, I use Garamond with the cover, so I can’t be wrong then. (*Relieved sigh*) Just another short Q: I was told to avoid page numbers on chapter starting pages, but to me the layout seems much more coherent if I use continuous numbering. Do I have to follow this rule, I mean, does it look less professional to do so?

  22. Henry A. Taylor

    Thanks again. I came across your blog totally by chance but I really like what you’re doing. I’ll be a follower (and come up with some silly questions once in a while) if you don’t mind ;) Best of luck.

  23. Korede

    What combination would you recommend as the best for a book of poem?

  24. Pradnyaa J

    Thats a helpful post.
    I’m in the process of selecting fonts for a print project. I’ve shortlisted Both Helvetica Light and Myriad Pro; yet to decide between the two.
    What would suit as a heading font for these you think?
    Thanks!

  25. Pradnyaa J

    Thanks Douglas!

  26. Scott

    An interesting post, but sadly I didn’t help me. I’m going round in circles looking for good choices to go with Verdana as body copy. So far I’ve narrowed it down to Lora, Georgia, Liberation Serif, Avenir Light and Gill Sans Light. I cant seem to decide which one of these, or even if a different one would be better?

    What do you think? Thanks :)

  27. Scott

    Sorry, just to clarify, Verdana is the body text, and the fonts I mentioned would be for titles etc. Thanks!

  28. Scott

    Thanks Douglas. But I’m confused about something – I thought I’ve read that it was a good idea to combine a serif (titles) and a sans-serif (for body)? The site is a dark background site, so I chose Verdana as it needs a good clear font.

    I also thought that I read that when a serif and sans-serif are similar, they would make a good match. I’m sure I’ve seen Georgia and Verdana be recommended as a good match?

  29. Nina

    Thanks for sharing! My favorite font will always be helvetica formal because it’s so versatile.

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