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What are the differences between PT Sans and Open Sans?

They are very similar typefaces. There are a few differences that make PT Sans more suitable for headings and Open Sans more suitable for body text however. Open Sans has a larger x-height, larger ...
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How to know which second typeface should be used, given a contextual typeface?

There's a vague guideline: contrast in some aspects, lack of contrast in others. You want your reader to be able to smoothly read on, but you want the difference in typeface to be clearly noticeable ...
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What reputable online resources are there for pairing a specific font?

I'd like to mention that it is not really a necessity to pair typefaces at all. Working with a single typeface (in two or three distinct weights maybe) is totally fine. Generations of Swiss designers (...
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Looking for a Japanese font to match Garamond

I have seen a number of books successfully pairing Garamond with such a Japanese font. This style of font is called kyōkasho tai (kyōkasho = "textbook", tai = "typeface") and is used, as the name ...
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How to know which second typeface should be used, given a contextual typeface?

The common typographic practice is to reverse the italics, that is, to use the non-italic version of the typeface to emphasize something within italics. Using a different typeface will most probably ...
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How can I build up 'structured knowledge' of the space of significant font families?

First learn the terms which define typography variations. (Here's a decent link for that - and another- or Google search for "basic typography terminology") In order to actually identify any ...
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Pairing the "Learning Curve" font

Disclaimer: I am not a fan of 'school' handwritings, so my negative opinion on Learning Curve may sound through in this post. Let's start out with the observation that Learning Curve is not a very ...
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What reputable online resources are there for pairing a specific font?

I think this is a great question, as it describes the unique position design takes between Art and Craft/Trade. While there are plenty of generally accepted rules in design (colour harmonies, ...
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What reputable online resources are there for pairing a specific font?

Since you have "reputable" in your question, I will propose one commercial solution. It is not(!) online in the sense of free access, but you can purchase it online and start using withing ...
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What reputable online resources are there for pairing a specific font?

My driving instructor never taught me how to drive from Hamburg to Lissabon. But I learnt how to drive safely and read signs and respect rules. So today I can do it. I feel there are as many typefaces ...
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Japanese font to match copperplate

I could not find a good match, but for those kind of serifs, I can only suggest this: though is too curly... Anyway, if you are interested, the typeface is 優雅宋 Std W5 [ゆうがそう] (Yuugasou Std W5) from ...
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Japanese font to match copperplate

If you are looking to match the serifs Mincho would be a good place to start. It's one of the more traditional Japanese fonts. Matching fonts between languages is tricky because there are ...
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Design issues concerning header and body fonts with a different x-height

“it's harmonious to have the header and body text have similar x-heights” Who says that? Let those people make a case for their claim. You don’t have to come up with reasons or ask around. “using a ...
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Design issues concerning header and body fonts with a different x-height

It's not really a hard and fast rule, it's just a good idea. But also a lot of times fonts that are very different from each other look great. I wouldn't want to pair a header font with a small x-...
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Design issues concerning header and body fonts with a different x-height

No, you're not breaking design rules. You can mix and match fonts with various x-heights; what's important is to look at the page and see if it's readable.
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