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When are typefaces considered conflicting with each other?

Subtle differences look like careless mistakes and sloppiness, not just in fonts but in all designs. When things are just slightly off, its enough people notice, but not enough people think its a ...
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What are best practices for choosing and pairing fonts?

Understanding typography is vital to being successful in graphic design. The first step of great typography comes in choosing the right typeface. You can only choose the right typeface if you keep the ...
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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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When are typefaces considered conflicting with each other?

DA01 and Dom are pointing at the central problem: They conflict when they don't look good together. So how do you know what looks good? That's such an obnoxiously subjective thing. But, like so ...
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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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How do I find sans/serif pairs of fonts?

A quick search for "fonts that come in serif and sans-serif format" returned this website: Superfamily Font Roundup: 40+ Serif and Sans Font Pairings Reading what he wrote states: There isn't a ...
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When are typefaces considered conflicting with each other?

Make sure they aren't too similar. Make sure they aren't too different. Break both rules when necessary (at your discretion).
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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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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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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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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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Which pairing works best for these sans serifs?

I am not really a fan of the adage that says you should pair serifs with sans etc.; that you need a great contrast to make text work, I think it is nonsense. Though you need a light hand and a ...
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Which Monospace fonts pair well with Seravek ExtraLight?

Using Courier as the basis for comparison, the criteria were: less wide than Courier less exaggerated (more constrained) than Courier Based on this criteria, I would suggest experimenting with the ...
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Free, screen-suited roman font to match Unifraktur Maguntia

First off, nice blackletter font, I can tell that you've spent a long time developing and enhancing it. So, let's try and identify a solution to your font-pairing problem. I think the first thing is ...
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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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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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Good pairing for Phenomena font?

I would go with Lato, Noto, Roboto or something similar. Sans serif. Certainly not serif and not condensed for body text.
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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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Looking for lively sans-serif fonts with relatively short x-heights

Futura is a classic with a modern look, not outdated, very versatile, has many different weight and styles too and I guess it could be considered lively. Not really calligraphic I suppose. And there'...
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Looking for lively sans-serif fonts with relatively short x-heights

The Optima Family seems to fit the bill pretty well. Variable width strokes, similar cap height to lc ratio, and a large variety of weights to choose from. I hope this helps.
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What font style pairs well with geometric fonts and why?

I'm still learning and practicing with font combinations myself, but I go to inspiration sites for reference like typ.io. The most common serif typefaces people chose to use with geometric fonts ...
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Looking for a serif for body text to pair with headings set in Verlag for a website

Create a fake Printsheet Specimen with the «Verlag» and a serif font (But no Lorem Ipsum). Search for, let's say 10 Serif fonts. Put these fonts into the speciemen, 1 Serif + «Verlag» per page. Print ...
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Critique: Typography combination for heading and subheading

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 ...
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Which fonts pair well with Aviano?

There's a lot to address here, but I'll start by saying that usually type designs are created to address a specific technical need, and it may be easier for you to try to select a typeface based on ...
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