“2 Great Tastes That Taste Great Together” ~ Reece’s


A good web font combination can be a subtle little trick for getting a website to pop.  A good pairing of fonts can provide contrast for a website without having to using additional colors or designs.

Meaning you can create a unique look and still stay clean in your design, and provide a great UX (user experience).


4 Rules for Pairing Fonts in Web Design

by Elementor


Rule #1: Use No More Than Three Fonts on Your Site

Rule #2: Concord and Contrast Are Good; Conflict Is Bad

Rule #3: Don’t Be Afraid of Pairing Within Font Superfamilies

Rule #4: Make Sure Your Fonts Are Properly Sized and Shaped for Their Role


Web Font Combination Ideas


  • Fira Sans & Merriweather
  • Yeseva One & Josefin Sans
  • Quicksand (Medium & Light)
  • Oxygen & Source Sans Pro
  • League Spartan & Libre Baskerville
  • Chivo & Overpass
  • Georgia and Verdana
  • Playball & PT Sans
  • Helvetica Bold and Garamond
  • Bodoni and Futura
  • Asap & Asap
  • Franklin Gothic and Baskerville
  • Josefin Slab & Maven Pro
  • Open Sans Condensed & Lora
  • Caslon Bold and Universe Light
  • Frutiger Bold and Minion
  • Abril Fatface & Roboto
  • Minion Bold and Myriad
  • Julius Sans One & Archivo Narrow
  • Gill Sans Bold and Garamond
  • Oswald & Noto Serif
  • Clarendon and Trade Gothic
  • Open Sans Extra Bold & Cooper Hewitt
  • Avenir and Minion
  • Dancing Script & EB Garamond

You may notice that a popular formula is to use a Serif font with a sans serif font or 2 or 3 fonts from the same family in different weights and sizes.


Font Definitions


Serif Fonts – The best example of the serif font is Times New Roman, the default font on Word.  They are the fonts with a small line attached to the end of the line of the letter or number.

San Serif Fonts – The best example of the san serif (or without a serif) font is Arial.  They are the fonts that do not have a small line attached to the end of the line of the letter or number.

Script Fonts – When you think of script font you may think Bradley Hand. They are the fonts that link together letter by letter.

Slab Serif Fonts – You might think of the font Rockwell when thinking about Slab Serif.  They have thick, block like serifs.



Google Web Fonts


It wasn’t long ago that web designers were limited in what fonts could be used natively on a website.  You could use any font you wanted as long as it was in an image.  But this posed a couple problems:

1.  Search engines can’t read images
2.  When designing sites that were content rich, you would still need to use web fonts and they would not match your images

There are 1,263 Open Source (FREE) fonts that you can use to design with on Google Fonts.


Web Font Combinations Infographics


16 Google Font Combinations

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