For once, I think I found a harmonious font pairing, from Google Fonts, that only took me 4 hours. It normally takes me days to find something I am happy with.
When pairing fonts from different families, I apply this trick to get a better understanding of the x-height, letterforms (especially bowls, counters, shoulders, ascenders and descenders).
I also like to compare numerals especially if the "3", "4", "5", "7" and "9" are going to sit below the baseline.
These two are not 100% perfect, but have enough similarities to suggest a nice harmony.
over 1 year ago
Nice approach, Erik. I guess you can also use the slanted lines at 4/7 to compare angles/slope too?
@Jamie Neely Yes. In this case, I was looking to pair two fonts, from different families that had very similar characteristics. The sans is intended for menu systems, headlines and media player UI while the serif is intended for runny copy. But I want the differences to be as subtle as possible.
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