Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me A (Font) Match


By: Drew McManus

For many performing arts orgs, January means you’re knee deep into next season’s design stage and for those of you who do your own design work, finding complementary font combos can become an overwhelming task. Fortunately, we have some terrific resources you can use to keep you on track.

A Septet of Typography Combo Tools

The design resource center, Creative Market, published an article that lists five different sites dedicated to helping you put together striking font combos. Each option functions a bit differently and in many cases, knowing one of the fonts you want to use will help the process along.

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Google Font Library Specific Tools

There’s no two ways about it, Google’s Font Library is fantastic

  • co specializes in Google-only font pairings.
  • Inside the Google Font Library, you can see suggested pairings when you drill down into any specific font. For example, when looking at Raleway, click on the “Pairings” tab to see what Google suggests.
  • Typecast is a fun tool for those of you who really enjoy drilling down into detail and want a precise representation for how pairings will look inside your design parameters.

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Looking For A Little Inspiration?

  • Line25 maintains a nice series of posts that feature some of the more cutting edge uses of typography as design (not to be confused with something like font pairings for site copy).


Do you have any favorite font pairing resources to share? If so, take a moment to leave a comment with links or tag us in via Twitter (@artshacker) or Facebook.

Drew McManus
Drew McManus
In addition to my consulting business, I'm also the Principal of Venture Industries Online but don’t let that title fool you into thinking I'm just a tech geek. I bring 20+ years of global broad-based arts consulting experience to the table to help clients break the cycle of choosing one-size-fits-none solutions and instead, deliver options allowing them to get ahead of the tech curve instead of trying to catch up by going slower. With the vision of legacy support strategy and the delights of creative insights, my mission is to deliver a sophisticated next generation technology designed especially for the field of performing arts. The first step in that journey began in 2010 when The Venture Platform was released, a purpose-designed managed website development solution designed especially for arts organizations and artists. For fun, I write a daily blog about the orchestra business, provide a platform for arts insiders to speak their mind, lead a team of intrepid arts pros to hack the arts, lead an arts business incubator, and love a good coffee drink.
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2 thoughts on “Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Make Me A (Font) Match”

  1. While not a very comprehensive resource, is a fun little site that sends fonts on “dates” to see how well they match up. Although it only makes use of a few common fonts, it’s great place to learn a bit more about the theory behind how fonts might work (or don’t work) together.


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