10 Useful Google Font Combinations for Your Next Site

—  Posted on July 13, 2013  —

Designing with (Open Source) Type

Before @font-face and services like Google Fonts and Typekit, flexibility in web typography was fairly limited. We used background images or text replacement for headlines, and the body typeface was likely a plain, tried but true web safe font. Fast forward to today, and our options for rich typography on the web have greatly expanded.

google-fonts

Google Fonts has been my primary choice for web typography for a some time now. It’s fast, free, easy to use and open source. With a collection of over 600 fonts, we can be even more critical about the typefaces we choose for our projects.

Before we get to the fonts

These examples are 100% free for your use, modification and education. I wanted to make somewhat finished working examples in case some people want to just grab and go.

Try as many combinations as you can, even if they seem unconventional.

There are a lot of resources already available that cover more in-depth on how to combine fonts, and I may touch on that on another post, but for now I’ll just say that I haven’t found the golden rule to assure great font combinations. You want the fonts to feel like they go together thematically, but you don’t want them looking so similar that it causes conflict in your typography. Don’t put yourself in a box. Try as many combinations as you can, even if they seem unconventional. Just like in music, rules have been established and broken a thousand times over. It won’t always work, but it’s always a gratifying experience when it does.

Here is a selection of 10 font combinations using some trending and popular typefaces on Google Fonts.


1. Alegreya, Roboto Condensed, Roboto

alegreya-roboto

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HTML

					<link href="http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Roboto|Roboto+Condensed|Alegreya:700" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />

CSS


h1 {
	font-family: 'Alegreya', serif;
	font-weight: 700;
	line-height: 46px;
	font-size: 46px;
	margin: 0 0 43px 0;
	}
h2 {
	font-family: 'Roboto Condensed', sans-serif;
	font-weight: normal;
	font-size: 21px;
	line-height: 23px;
	text-transform: uppercase;
	letter-spacing: 2px;
	margin: 0 0 23px 0;
	}
p {
	font-family: 'Roboto', sans-serif;
	font-size: 15px;
	line-height: 23px;
	margin: 0 0 23px 0;
	}


2. Dancing Script, EB Garamond

ebgaramond-dancing

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HTML

					<link href="http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Dancing+Script:700|EB+Garamond" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />

CSS

h1 {
	font-family: 'Dancing Script', cursive;
	font-weight: 700;
	line-height: 46px;
	font-size: 42px;
	margin: 0 0 23px 0;
	}
h2 {
	font-family: 'EB Garamond', serif;
	font-weight: normal;
	text-transform: uppercase;
	font-size: 18px;
	line-height: 23px;
	letter-spacing: 2px;
	margin: 0 0 23px 0;
	}
p {
	font-family: 'EB Garamond', serif;
	font-size: 16px;
	line-height: 23px;
	margin: 0 0 23px 0;
	}


3. Amatic SC, Josefin Sans

josefin-amatic

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HTML

					<link href="http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Josefin+Sans:700|Amatic+SC:700" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />

CSS


h1 {
	font-family: 'Amatic SC', cursive;
	font-weight: 700;
	line-height: 46px;
	font-size: 46px;
	margin: 0 0 23px 0;
	}
p {
	font-family: 'Josefin Sans', sans-serif;
	font-size: 16px;
	font-weight: 700;
	line-height: 23px;
	margin: 0 0 23px 0;
	}


4. Oswald, Droid Serif

oswald-droid

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HTML

					<link href="http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Oswald:700|Droid+Serif:400,700italic" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />

CSS

h1 {
	font-family: 'Oswald', sans-serif;
	font-weight: 700;
	line-height: 51px;
	font-size: 46px;
	text-transform: uppercase;
	margin: 0 0 23px 0;
	}
h2 {
	font-family: 'Droid Serif', serif;
	font-weight: 400;
	font-style: italic;
	font-size: 20px;
	line-height: 23px;
	margin: 0 0 23px 0;
	}
p {
	font-family: 'Droid Serif', serif;
	font-size: 15px;
	line-height: 23px;
	margin: 0 0 23px 0;
	}

5. Playfair Display, Alice

playfare-alice

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HTML

	<link href="http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Alice|Playfair+Display:900" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />

CSS

h1 {
	font-family: 'Playfair Display', serif;
	font-weight: 900;
	line-height: 46px;
	font-size: 43px;
	margin: 0 0 23px 0;
	}
p {
	font-family: 'Alice', serif;
	font-size: 18px;
	font-weight: normal;
	line-height: 23px;
	margin: 0 0 23px 0;
	}

6. Dosis, Open Sans

dosis-opensans

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HTML

											<link href="http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Open+Sans|Dosis:400,800" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />

CSS

h1 {
	font-family: 'Dosis', sans-serif;
	font-weight: 400;
	line-height: 46px;
	font-size: 40px;
	margin: 0 0 23px 0;
	}
h2 {
	font-family: 'Dosis', sans-serif;
	font-weight: 800;
	font-size: 18px;
	line-height: 23px;
	margin: 0 0 23px 0;
	}
p {
	font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif;
	font-size: 14px;
	line-height: 23px;
	margin: 0 0 23px 0;
	}

7. Lato, Grand Hotel

lato-grand

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HTML

										<link href="http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Lato:300|Grand+Hotel" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />

CSS

h1 {
	font-family: 'Lato', sans-serif;
	font-weight: 300;
	line-height: 46px;
	font-size: 46px;
	margin: 0 0 23px 0;
	}
h2 {
	font-family: 'Grand Hotel', cursive;
	font-weight: normal;
	font-size: 31px;
	line-height: 23px;
	margin: 0 0 23px 0;
	}
p {
	font-family: 'Lato', sans-serif;
	font-size: 16px;
	line-height: 23px;
	margin: 0 0 23px 0;
	}

8. Medula One, Abel

medula-abel

View Demo

HTML

					<link href="http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Abel|Medula+One" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />

CSS

h1 {
	font-family: 'Medula One', cursive;
	font-weight: normal;
	line-height: 46px;
	font-size: 52px;
	margin: 0 0 23px 0;
	}
p {
	font-family: 'Abel', sans-serif;
	font-size: 17px;
	line-height: 23px;
	margin: 0 0 23px 0;
	}

9. Fjalla One, Cantarell

fjalla-cantarell

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HTML

				<link href="http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Fjalla+One|Cantarell:400,400italic,700italic,700" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />

CSS

h1 {
	font-family: 'Fjalla One', sans-serif;
	font-weight: normal;
	text-transform: uppercase;
	line-height: 46px;
	font-size: 43px;
	margin: 0 0 23px 0;
	}
h2 {
	font-family: 'Cantarell', sans-serif;
	font-weight: 700;
	font-size: 20px;
	line-height: 23px;
	text-transform: uppercase;
	letter-spacing: -1px;
	margin: 0 0 23px 0;
	}
p {
	font-family: 'Cantarell', sans-serif;
	font-size: 17px;
	line-height: 23px;
	margin: 0 0 23px 0;
	}

10. Coustard Ultra, Leckerli One

coustard-leckerli

View Demo

HTML

				<link href="http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Leckerli+One|Coustard:900" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" />

CSS

h1 {
	font-family: 'Coustard', serif;
	font-weight: 900;
	line-height: 46px;
	font-size: 41px;
	margin: 0 0 23px 0;
	}
p {
	font-family: 'Leckerli One', cursive;
	font-size: 16px;
	font-weight: 400;
	line-height: 23px;
	margin: 0 0 23px 0;
	}

Conclusion

I hope you found some combinations you can use or got some inspiration for some of your own. Font combining is a fun and sometimes challenging task, but it’s a worthwhile endeavor. If you had a comment or want to share some of your own combinations, please feel free to hit me up on twitter!

Caleb McGuire

I'm a husband, father and musician living just a little east of the wonderful Twin Cities. I've been designing pretty things for over 10 years.

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