April 23, 2019
I’ve been working on a few new projects as of late and coming across some really beautiful Google font combinations. Today I wanted to share my current faves with you and how to use them in your next graphic or web design project!
For those of you that are new to Google Fonts, it’s a great library of free to use web fonts. You can download the files for use on your website or many web builders link automatically to this resource.
Even if you can access the font library through your web builder, I do recommend heading over to the Google Fonts website. It has great filters to aid your search for the perfect font plus it will recommend complimentary pairings.
Combining fonts is definitely an art and the more I do it, the more I love admiring the nuances to find the perfect pair. Finding the perfect pair is just the beginning. Font details like size, colour, spacing and weight can all change the look of the overall combination in subtle and striking ways.
Italiana is an elegant and flirty font inspired by Italian calligraphy. It is perfect for use in headings and subheadings. Each character or glyph is fairly wide which is why I like it paired with modern Montserrat. Both fonts also have a large “x-height” meaning the lower case letters are fairly tall in comparison to the height of the Upper case characters. Montserrat is a very versatile font, available in multiple weights. It’s also clean and easy to read which makes it a popular choice for body or paragraph text.
See Italiana in use on my Showit website template Passeggiata. It’s been paired with Muli, another stylish combination.
Oranienbaum is a confident and trustworthy choice. Its narrow characters are a modern take on the traditional serif font. I’ve paired it with another narrow choice like PT Sans Narrow which is clean and easy to read in paragraph form.
See how I’ve used Oranienbaum on this Squarespace web design for Marsha Kwasnicki Portraiture with Brandon Grotesque.
Tenor Sans is a feminine sans-serif choice. I like that the characters have some variation in thickness which adds a soft and cheerful detail. I also love the height of the lower case letters which are taller than they are wide.
I’ve picked the lovely Cormorant Infant which I think compliments Tenor Sans nicely. One of my favourite features of Cormorant is the bulbous terminals, or endpoints, on the glyphs. Take a closer look at the end of the f or s to see an example.
I’ve used Tenor Sans in two recent website designs – check it out on this Shopify Website for Just Flooring and in the branding for Real Estate Agent Joanne McCrone. Check it out on my portfolio or visit Joanne’s site directly here.
Federo is a graphic and bold font choice. It evokes confidence and style so is perfect for a brand looking for a distinct font. I’ve paired it here with Oswald which is another bold choice. When used in heavier weights, Oswald makes a strong impression. I like it here in the lighter weight so it doesn’t steal all the attention from the angular Federo.
Marcellus is another graphic and crisp choice for headings and subheadings. It would also look great as a wordmark logo. I love the slight flare on the characters. This is a serif font by definition but because it’s so subtle the result is refined and charming. I love it paired with another pretty serif and have chosen Libre Baskerville here.
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