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Pairing Typefaces: Tips for Combining Fonts

with Michael Stinson

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  •   01 Blending Typefaces: Four Steps to Consider

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About The Class

pick fonts that work well together.

“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)

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Blending Typefaces: Four Steps to Consider

    12:38
  2. 02

    The Guidelines of Approach

    02:46
  3. 03

    Analysis of Pairings

    08:00
  4. 04

    Pairing Approach Demonstrations

    14:53
  5. 05

    Actively Using Your Pairing

    20:51
  6. 06

    What to Avoid When Pairing

    01:44

Meet Your Expert

Michael Stinson

Michael Stinson is a founding partner and Creative Director at Ramp Creative as well as instructional director for the company's educational typography program, TypeEd. He has created business­transforming work for brands such as Quiksilver, Wet Seal, K2, CWS Capital Partners ... read more

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  • Sarah

    Sarah

    August 2018

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

  • Ali Shadle

    August 2016

    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!

  • Lucinda

    Lucinda

    July 2017

    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.

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