As any design student or graphic designer will tell you, finding the right typography for a print or digital design is a laborious process. You’ll want to strike the right balance between readability and honouring your client’s brand—and that can be challenging. If you’ve been going back and forth on various ideas, allow us to help you nail down the perfect fonts with these 10 fresh Google Fonts pairings. Each suggestion works harmoniously to make your typography beautiful and appealing. And better yet? Google Fonts are 100% free!

To show you how great these Google Fonts pairings work together, we’ve enlisted the help of Shillington Sydney part-time teacher, Vanessa McCarthy, Director of Tone Studio. She’s designed our recommendations through unconventional quotes from graphic design legends.

So have a look and download to your heart’s desire! We hope this can be a valuable resource for all students and graphic designers with a keen eye, but tight budget.

1. Cardo + Almendra Display



Download Cardo Regular and Almendra Display Regular from Google Fonts.


2. Oswald + Domine



Download Oswald Bold and Domine Regular from Google Fonts.


3. Nixie One + Libre Baskerville Italic



Download Pixie One Regular and Libre Baskerville Italic from Google Fonts.


4. Playfair Display + Fauna One



Download Playfair Display Black / Black Italic and Fauna One Regular from Google Fonts.


5. Gentium Basic + Open Sans Light



Download Gentium Basic Regular / Bold Italic and Open Sans Light from Google Fonts.


6. Lobster + Muli



Download Lobster Regular and Muli Italic / Regular From Google Fonts.


7. Lora + Open Sans



Download Lora Regular and Open Sans Extrabold from Google Fonts.


8. Raleway + Merriweather



Download Raleway Light / Regular / Medium and Merriweather Light from Google Fonts.


9. PT Sans + PT Serif



Download PT Sans Regular and PT Serif Bold from Google Fonts.


10. Quicksand + EB Garamond



Download Quicksand Light / Bold and EB Garamond Regular from Google Fonts.

Let us know your own suggestions for complementary Google Fonts! Tweet us at @shillington_ or share your own visual ideas on Instagram, tagging @shillington_.

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