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Many designs use one typeface for body text and another, contrasting typeface for headings. Is there an "official" term typographers use for the contrasting typeface in a design?

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I call it using "contrasting typefaces" –  DA01 Jun 20 '13 at 16:17
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In their blog, FontShop call it pairing.

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Thanks, but that's not the word I'm looking for. Paring is the art of finding two typefaces that work well together. I'm looking for the best term to describe only one typeface of such a pair. –  marcvangend Jun 20 '13 at 22:33
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I don't know that there is a specific term other than perhaps juxtaposition. But that's not directly related to typefaces. Juxtaposition is a common concept in design.

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