Post #2: Type Topic of Choice

Mixing Typefaces

So far in my study of typography I have looked at mixing typefaces. What looks great and what looks terrible. For many projects, one font isn’t enough to create visual interest and establish good hierarchy. And when you have multiple typefaces, you want to be sure that they work well together. When being new to typography keeping it simple is a good step to take, just to let yourself adjust to typefaces and layouts then once you’re more comfortable you will be ready to explore deeper into the art. When working with more than one typeface you must carefully chose type that works well with each other.

Combining typefaces is like making a salad. You have to make it look good! Use typefaces with contrast or complementary moods to spark the feel to your chosen typefaces. Give each Typeface a roll to play, within reason of course, like Bold and light or italics and bold italics. If you are just using one typeface (single-family mixes) you can play with the point size, style and weight of the type, this will give your design a sharp and interesting look. When you are laying out your type make sure the type isn’t to close in size and weight. If you are putting together a design like posters, invitation or quotes they will not mix well.  Contrast is essential to a well-designed type layout. Another good thing to keep in mind is how many typeface you should limit yourself. Too many will clutter your layout or make it look messy and unprofessional. Your max should be two and if you can get away with it you can push three but don’t be greedy! For more great information and tips about mixing typefaces check out this video from www.lynda.com however to view the complete chapter of choosing and combining type you must be a member.

Question of the day:

How do you mix your typefaces?


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Type Tips

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