I'm designing a one page website and trying different typography combinations for the headings and subheadings. I eventually chose what you see below.

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I'm using Open Sans for the heading

and Lato Light for the subheading

I chose those fonts because they have similar proportions.

Could you please share your thoughts on the combination?

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    Well, I do not think I have a lot to say, really. Simply because I think you have made a good choice :)
    – benteh
    Commented Jun 29, 2014 at 18:30
  • @RandomO'Reilly thank you for your feedback! I can iterate endlessly through a lot of font combinations so it helps getting an approval. Commented Jun 30, 2014 at 22:36
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    No problem! I see no reason in fixing something that is not broken: I could have needlessly come up with a pile of other versions, but I really do think you nailed it.
    – benteh
    Commented Jun 30, 2014 at 23:48
  • Sure. It's fine.
    – DA01
    Commented Dec 9, 2014 at 23:16

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I agree that this is a good font-pairing but will add that the two typefaces are pretty similar, so you could always just use the different weights of one of the typefaces to improve load times on the website and simplify coding.

I'm guessing your using Lato in this pairing because it's a little less “straightforward” than Open Sans and has a little more personality.

Lato is a little more geometric and playful than Open Sans which gives it a lighter tone to me.

You might want to compare your choices to others, like Hoefler & Frere-Jones do in this blog post. Although you're right in choosing these typefaces for their similar widths, it might be better to create a pairing for several reasons at once if it resonates with the overall design scheme.

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