Typography is a fundamental part of design, it enables the designer to create a variety of moods and effects by using various font styles.
There are thousands of different styles available, so the task of finding the correct one to suit your project can often appear very difficult.
There are numerous tools online that offer assistance in selecting the correct font pairings. Here’s one we built ourselves. Using this handy font combination tool we have compiled a list of 19 contemporary font pairings for 2019. All of these fonts can be downloaded for free from Google Fonts.
1. Playfair Display with Source Sans Pro
This would have to be our top font combination for 2019. With it’s more traditional style, Playfair Display is both elegant and unique; it was designed by Claus Eggers Sorense, and can be paired with a variety of simple fonts, however, we think that Source Sans Pro is a perfect match, its thin lines and simple text make it a perfect combination for the more stylish Playfair Display.
Mount Barker By Callum Jackson
2. Merriweather with Oswald
A very versatile font, Merriweather can be adjusted both width and height, which always makes for a popular style. A sans-serif font, like Oswald, with its simple lines, assists in highlighting the detailed serif of Merriweather.
Remarkable Rocks by Ben Goode
3. Montserrat with Merriweather
Streamlined, simple fonts are always top of the list, because they work well in just about any design style. Montserrat was designed by Julieta Ulanovsky, and can be highlighted with a serif font such as Merriweather.
Uraidla By Ben Goode
4. Raleway with Lato
A stylish font that gives a modern twist, Raleway, can be complimented with another sans-serif font, like Lato. It has thin, simple lines and does not detract away from the more interesting shapes of Raleway.
Dolphin Beach by Ben Goode
5. Elsie with Roboto
A lovely feminine font, originally designed to celebrate the world of women. Elsie, is an adorable font style, with its gentle serifs and flowing lettering. With such an interesting font, a subtle font needs to be paired with it, like for example Roboto, because it doesn’t detract from the seed font.
Two Hands Wines by South Australian Tourism Commission
6. Dancing Script with Josefin Sans
A very memorable font that creates a feeling of movement and intrigue, Dancing Script should be paired with a sans-serif font like Josefin Sans. This font is also very elegant and it’s very thin lettering brings the perfect balance between the two font styles.
Pennington Bay By Isaac Forman
7. Abril Fatface with Roboto
What a fabulous font style, Abril Fatface, has combined the use of serifs with beautiful simplicity. It’s bold and ambitious and really jumps out of the page, because it’s such a wow font, a very subtle light weight font is best paired with it.
Bunyeroo Valley By Ben Goode
8. Corben with Nobile
There’s something about this font that makes me think of bubbles and happy days. The unique use of rounded serifs, really makes this font different from others. A simple, slim font, like Nobile, makes the detail of Corben even more fascinating.
Wilpena Pound Resort – Old Wilpena Station By Tourism Australia
9. Spirax with Open Sans
This style of font lends itself to being used for a storybook or some fairytale movie, and was designed by Branda Gallo. It creates such interesting aspects with its unique swirls, that turn this otherwise simple font into one of mystery and complexity. It is beautifully paired with Open Sans, because it’s very simple.
Vivonne Bay By Raphael Alu
10. Wendy One with Lato
Designed by Alejandro Inler, Wendy One, is a very bold, fun font style, that gives a youthful feeling. A bold font such as this should be paired with something thin and streamlined like Lato.
Flinders Ranges By Jake Wundersitz
11. Baloo with Montserrat
Round and thick, Baloo was designed by Ek Type, and is a versatile font style, because it can be used in many different font weights and heights. Such a bold font like this, should be paired with a very simple style like Montserrat.
Grazing Land near Baroota Reservoir By Isaac Forman/Serio
12. Cherry Cream Soda with Josefin Sans
Happy times and good memories, Cherry Cream Soda makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time to the 1950’s. It was designed by Font Diner, and is a fun and creative font. Due to its interesting design, it should be paired with a gentle font style, like Josefin Sans, as its subtle lines compliment the bold, unique text.
Para Wirra By Ben Goode
13. Amaranth with Open Sans
A font of many surprises, at first glance you think it’s a simple font, but take another look and you realize the slight curves that make this font something different. It can be used for many different design styles, because of its versatility in weight and size, and is best paired with a font like Open Sans.
Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre National Park – Wrightsair Scenic Flight by South Australian Tourism Commission
14. Palanquin with Roboto
A gentle, and extremely usable font, Palanquin was designed by Pria Ravichandran, and can be used in many different design styles. It looks amazing bold or thin, and has many different options for pairing fonts, however we think that Roboto is perfect, because it too is a very simple font.
Steingarten, Rowland Flat by Olivia Reynolds
15. Sansita with Open Sans
Created by Omnibus-Type, this font remind me of summer days and eating mexican food. With its twist on the serif it creates such an interesting font style, that needs a light weight, gentle font to compliment it, like Open Sans.
The Lane Vineyard
16. Waiting for the Sunrise with Rock Salt
Designed by Kimberly Geswein, a beautiful handwritten font, inspired by the writing style of a high school student. Waiting for the Sunrise, would be a perfect choice for a fun, youthful website, and can be used with another handwritten font like Rock Salt.
Cape Willoughby Lighthouse by Ben Goode
17. Eczar with Work Sans
Designed by Valibhav Singh, this font is one of excitement and intrigue. The features of Eczar are designed to intensify as it increases in weight. With all the details of this font, it should be paired with a gentle sans-serif font like Work Sans.
Skye Lookout By Callum Jackson
18. Catamaran with Montserrat
A stylish, simple font that can be used in many different weights and sizes. The slight angles on the stems of the letters, create a unique, interesting feature to this font. It should be paired with a thin font, like Montserrat.
Dolphin Beach by Ben Goode
19. Fascinate with Open Sans
Based on the styles of the Art Deco era, this font is sure to create interest, with its unique lines within the type.
Due to its interesting features, it should be complemented with a simple sans-serif font like Open Sans.
Mount Lofty Botanic Garden By Jonty Paterson
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