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Pairing Typefaces: Tips for Combining Fonts

with Michael Stinson

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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

  2. 02

    The Guidelines of Approach

  3. 03

    Analysis of Pairings

  4. 04

    Pairing Approach Demonstrations

  5. 05

    Actively Using Your Pairing

  6. 06

    What to Avoid When Pairing


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


    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


    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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