Matching contrasting typefaces is almost as difficult as finding that special someone. When it works it seems effortless, like the two were meant for each other. For the next 16 weeks, we’ll be posting one type combination per week from Jim Godfrey’s Typographic Matchmaking poster. There will be additional information about both the combinations and the type. The content and design of the site is authored by Jim Godfrey, with Rowley Press hosting the site.
The Typographic Matchmaking poster came out of a desire to share with others some type combinations that work well together. To make it interesting, Jim thought it would be fun to highlight famous combinations from history, literature and life. the poster is available for purchase. It’s $65 plus shipping. Each poster is numbered and signed by Jim.
We’re sure there are those who may disagree with Jim’s choices. That’s one of the great things about typography: it’s personal and subjective. Feel free to make comments on the Resources page regarding the typefaces you like to combine. It’s intended to be a forum to discuss thoughts on combining type.
One question might be “Why use different typefaces, why not use just different weights or styles of the same type?” Well, that works, too, but sometimes a designer might want to create more interest or contrast in his/her design. Trying to combine different typefaces is sometimes daunting, as it takes a lot of practice and experimentation. If you need help, check out the resources section for some articles to read.