Last week we showed you how to use Google Fonts in your Office documents. Here’s how to choose good looking font pairs for your Word headings and body text or PowerPoint titles and text.
The Google Fonts site itself is little help but others have curated suggested pairings.
Most of the suggested Google Font pairs are for web sites since that’s what the fonts are primarily intended for.
Web site pairings can be applied to PowerPoint slides but are less appropriate for printed or online Word documents.
Here’s some of the suggestions that you might like to try.
Alegreya Sans and Alegreya
A standard Sans-Serif and Serif combo.
Heading: Alegreya Sans
Libre Franklin and Libre Baskerville
Heading: Libre Franklin
Body: Libre Baskerville
Montserrat and Neuton
Montserrat and Open Sans
Both Sans-Serif fonts. Open Sans is a very popular font, in part because it supports a wide range of characters including standard ISO Latin 1, Latin CE, Greek and Cyrillic plus many weights.
Body: Open Sans
Open Sans and Vollkorn
Vollkorn is a serif font that’s nicely described as “… quiet, modest and well working text face for bread and butter use.”
Heading: Open Sans
Curated font pairings
Many sites have recommended Google Font pairings for web pages that you can use as a starter for making your own selections.
- Font Pair – use the links to see various combinations like Sans-Serif/Serif or Display/Serif
Google Font recommended pairings
Each Google Font has its own recommended pairings at bottom left of the specimen page.
Here’s the recommendations for Unica One with sample text on the right.
The recommendations are probably based on the statistics for use of font combos on web sites so the pairings aren’t necessarily right for Word documents.