Combining Typefaces

Author: Tim Brown

The guide will give you a framework for efficient practice, lead you to founts of knowledge, and help you judge the work you see, including your own work. It will also encourage you to be selective, patient, and reasonable, focusing on web contexts and your design goals.

Table of contents

  • Type: Some background on type and typography, covering designers, anatomy, families, classification, and the jobs that typefaces do.
  • Context: A brief look at web compositions as coordinated chunks of typeset elements, shifting among many states simultaneously.
  • Choosing typefaces: Strategies for selecting typefaces based on real design goals, to truly understand why a combination works or doesn’t.
  • Judging combinations: Practical advice about identifying successful typeface combinations by using them and looking at them carefully.
  • Critique: An appraisal of five different sites’ type choices and typesetting, noting the relationships between their successes and the strategies and advice in this guide.
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