Whenever we’re presented with thousands of choices it’s always difficult to make up our mind. In design perhaps the most challenging decisions we constantly face are the ones about selecting the right colour and typeface combinations for our projects.
How do you decide which typefaces can be mixed together without clashing with each other? How many types can we use in one design? Which typefaces are right for the task? Which types can be combined to create a harmonious feel? Which faces are contrasting enough to create a visual interest? What kinds of contrast can be achieved with mixing different faces? Which typefaces should never be mixed with each other? Are there any rules to follow for choosing and using typefaces? Is there such a thing as a safe type combination?
I’ve tried answering these questions in my guest post over at LGR Webmaster Blog: 8 Bits On Combining Typefaces. I don’t even dare to claim that I found all the right answers. Typography is one area of design that I’ll be forever learning about. It fascinates, puzzles and challenges me whenever I start tackling it in my design projects.
While doing some research for that article I came across a real gem – a PDF cheat sheet on Mixing Typefaces. It’s been created by a type designer and lecturer Alessandro Segalini. Typefaces are presented in a 22 by 22 square matrix like table, where each type is cross-referenced with another type horizontally and vertically. The number at the intersection indicates the degree of compatibility.
Number 1 – Combine at will
Number 2 – Handle with caution
Number 3 – Should be avoided
How do you choose the right typeface combination for your projects? What do you find the most challenging when working with types?