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Mixing Typefaces: With the help of Google Fonts

Who remembers what it was like before the internet? Who remembers having to thumb through books and books of typefaces? Who remembers typefaces being made of metal? Ok I don’t even remember that last one. But even when I was starting out in college (a long, long, long time ago now) looking for the right typeface to use in a job was time consuming.

Then in 2010 along came Google Fonts. Now it’s pretty hard to believe that Google Fonts has only been around for nine years. And during this time, it has evolved into an absolutely incredible resource. As it hosts over seven hundred typefaces and this number is constantly increasing.

There is a downside to having so many choices, especially for a designer and that downside is which of these fonts are likely to go well alongside one another. I can safely say that I have spent countless hours over the years, trying to find the right font pairing. And being honest who has time for that really. But knowing which combinations complement each other can be tricky. But once you have a pairing the rest is easy.

Below is an infographic portraying some of the popular typefaces from Google Fonts and displays the combinations that work great together, those that are an unlikely combination and those that you should avoid.

Simply cross-reference from horizontal to vertical (or vice-versa) to determine the compatibility of each typeface combination.

I would like to thank the guys at FastPrint ( ) for helping to inspiring this article/blog.

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