Combining Typefaces


Combining more than two typefaces gives me headaches because I have no systematic method to find out what works and what doesn’t! I recently read a post by H&FJ on about combining typefaces and they offered a guide to help people like me!

They spoke of 4 techniques when creating a combination typeface palette:

  1. Wit – mix typefaces with complementary moods
  2. Energy – mix typefaces from the same historical period
  3. Poise – mix typefaces of similar line quality but different textures
  4. Dignity – mix typefaces with similar proportions but different roles

In my example above, I used a “witty” palette by combining 3 typefaces corresponding to a complementary mood:

  1. Futura =industrial
  2. Gotham rounded = pulpy
  3. Nautik = natty

The combination of these different moods makes for a very complex landscape that I’d never think of creating on my own! Looking at it at as a whole, I see that it looks smart but playful, purposeful but with flair, straightforward but not without one or two fun detours. Try it!

Exodus 35: 35

He has filled them with skill to do every sort of work done by an engraver or by a designer or by an embroiderer in blue and purple and scarlet yarns and fine twined linen, or by a weaver—by any sort of workman or skilled designer.

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