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Pairing Typefaces: Tips for Combining Fonts

Lesson 6 of 6

What to Avoid When Pairing


Pairing Typefaces: Tips for Combining Fonts

Lesson 6 of 6

What to Avoid When Pairing


Lesson Info

What to Avoid When Pairing

So record just a couple of pairing don's before we before we close here um number one avoid personality conflict if you can if there's a lot of personalities in both like a mandarin stoke here you start to look at it the stresses how they're going every which way in direction um that's a good indicator of maybe pairing something else like picked the one with the more personality and perry parents with something else more standard like a sand saref that's that's um from the grotesque or gothic um, classifications or even just a standard saref like harriet or or miller also try to avoid pairing similar classes try to do this as well. This is a good way to kind of keep everything separated, but but working together here we have clear and on iraq well and they're both slabs right? So there might be too much masculinity and these two combinations, if you will with such heavy weight, you know, with the with the slob thing going on and another one is, uh, clashing personalities, maybe again t...

here's too much personality like powerhouse in clearing don where um they're trying to, you know, both the main actors in the role here, okay, you can always find me on twitter at type ed and type of dot com and thank you very much

Class Description

“Which font should I use with this?” is an age-old question that designers constantly grapple with. In Pairing Typefaces: Tips for Combining Fonts with Michael Stinson, you’ll learn essential type rules that make answering that question easier.

Michael is the creative director at Ramp Creative and the instructional director for TypeEd. In this class, he’ll explore the art of combining type and share strategies to ensure your fonts work well together. 

You’ll learn about:

  • Typeface classifications
  • Pairing different styles of type
  • Mixing and matching fonts

Michael will teach reliable techniques you can use every time you go to combine type styles so your designs always look great.

Software Used: Adobe InDesign CC 2014.2 (10.2)



A good warm-up course for typography. I learned a lot and gained greater insight on fonts and type.

Ali Shadle

Michael, did an awesome job. He gives you a system for pairing font faces, and if you follow his instructions with your fonts, you'll really nail down why 2 different types of typefaces work or not. Thank you Michael!


This is a very good, compact course that teaches essential principles of typography which design schools seem to skip over these days. Michael uses practical, real-world examples and techniques that take the guesswork out of font pairing and typesetting. A must-watch if you want to bring your design work to a professional level.