20 Amazing Free Font Pairings

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Contrast and Collaboration

Graphic designers generally agree that your different fonts should have an element of contrast (i.e. pairing a Sans Serif font with a Serif font) as well as a sense of collaboration-you want your two pieces of type to complement each other and “get along” rather than clash. Things like style, flow, width, kerning, thickness, and more can all be attributes that help two different fonts pair nicely with a healthy amount of contrast and collaboration.

Free Fonts Below

These fonts are all available (as of the moment I published this post) for free! There are download links below each font pairing example. Let’s get started!

Acknowledgments:

Just some awesome people to mention before we get started…
Quotes by the insanely cool, QuotesOnDesign.com »
Backgrounds for these fonts provided in the sweet background pack available for free at Line25 »
Also, double check to make sure any free fonts you download are available for commercial use. Let’s be cool to all the hard working-yet starving-artists out there, guys!

1. Raleway (Thin) & Latin Modern Roman (Slanted)

20 Amazing Free Font Pairings

Raleway Download Link »

Latin Modern Roman Download Link »

2. Alfa Slab One & Lora

20 Amazing Free Font Pairings

Alfa Slab One Download Link »

Lora Download Link »

3. Nevis & Times New Roman (Italic)

20 Amazing Free Font Pairings

Nevis Download Link »

Times New Roman Download Link »

4. Dalle & District (Thin)

20 Amazing Free Font Pairings

Dalle Download Link »

District Download Link »

5. Ballpark & Centaur

20 Amazing Free Font Pairings

Ballpark Download Link »

Centaur Download Link »

6. Helvetica Neue & Calluna

20 Amazing Free Font Pairings

Helvetica Neue Download Link »

Calluna Download Link »

7. Aquiline Two & Garamond

20 Amazing Free Font Pairings

Aquiline Two Download Link »

Garamond Download Link »

8. League Gothic & English

20 Amazing Free Font Pairings

League Gothic Download Link »

English Download Link »

9. Novecento Wide (Bold) & News Cycle

20 Amazing Free Font Pairings

Novecento Wide Download Link »

News Cycle Download Link »

10. Limelight & Birch Std

20 Amazing Free Font Pairings

Limelight Download Link »

Birch Std Download Link »

11. Amatic & Journal

20 Amazing Free Font Pairings

Amatic Download Link »

Journal Download Link »

12. Citizen Slab & Five Minutes

20 Amazing Free Font Pairings

Citizen Slab Download Link »

Five Minutes Download Link »

13. Six Caps & DaunPenh

20 Amazing Free Font Pairings

Six Caps Download Link »

DaunPenh Download Link »

14. Ostrich (Bold) & Cicle (Fina)

20 Amazing Free Font Pairings

Ostrich Download Link »

Cicle Download Link »

15. Bebas & Lora (Italic)

20 Amazing Free Font Pairings

Bebas Download Link »

Lora Download Link »

16. Bodoni MT & Josefin Sans Std

20 Amazing Free Font Pairings

Bodoni MT Download Link »

Josefin Sans Std Download Link »

17. Perforama & Quicksand

20 Amazing Free Font Pairings

Perforama Download Link » (Follow download link. Fill out CAPTCHA. Press green button below CAPTCHA to download.)

Quicksand Download Link »

18. Arvo & Californian FB

20 Amazing Free Font Pairings

Arvo Download Link »

Californian FB Download Link »

19. College & Ballpark

20 Amazing Free Font Pairings

College Download Link »

Ballpark Download Link »

20. Raleway (Bold) & Raleway (Light)

20 Amazing Free Font Pairings

Raleway Download Link »

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  • M

    Great idea, love the pairings!

    • Thanks! Great pairing always seem to make such a big difference when designing for graphics and the web! Glad you like!

  • JP

    amazingly inspirational ….

  • Tibii

    Ohh… Thanks for theese!
    I feel myself really inspired!

  • Shea

    Literally just saved my life.

  • Thanks, I am trying to pair Crete round and News cycle. Not sure they go well together. Sometime I like it sometimes I dont. What do you say?

    • Sometimes different words look better or worse together, but those two typefaces sounds like they’d go together pretty well. I like!

      • I have finally settled on them by making some line spacing and char spacing adjustments. Now satisfied.

  • dave

    Link to download not working.

    Perforama Download Link » (Follow download link. Fill out CAPTCHA. Press green button below CAPTCHA to download.)

  • nlinton

    very well done, love the graphics!

  • paoloc

    DALLE font (point 4) is missing, here a working link: http://www.fonts2u.com/dalle.font

  • Thank you, i will try :)

  • Alexandra Koroliova

    Thank you very very very much!!

  • Xakier Ali

    Well done ,,, Thank You very much… !!!!

  • Recommended your Garamond/Aquiline pairing (with credit and a link back) as one of my ten favourite free font pairings for self-published children’s books. Check out all the others if you’re looking for professional-looking choices for an indie kids’ book!

  • Lo Cano

    Very helpful! Gracias :)

  • These are brilliant :)

  • vinprom

    I use this site for photoshop fonts http://fontsdir.com
    Over 80000 free fonts.
    Enjoy!

  • Robert Gatzke

    Unfortunately, Helvetica is not free.

    • Truth. Helvetica isn’t, but Helvetica Neue is a slightly different variation of it and it is available for free. Thanks for the comment, Robert! :D

  • This a very helpful stuff you compiled here Nathan! kudos!

  • Maria

    What fonts did you use for the text in your article? :)

    • Playfair Display for the headings and Droid Serif for the body. ?

      • Maria

        Thank you!

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