My 11 Favorite Font Pairings for Logo Design

Logo font pairings

One of the more challenging aspects of designing logos is finding a nice font to pair with them, and things get a little trickier when pairing multiple fonts together. Sometimes fonts don’t pair well with each other, and finding fonts that do can be a frustrating process. In this post I’m going to share 11 of my favorite logo font pairings that I’ve discovered over the past 8 years that I’ve been designing logos.

What Makes A Great Font Pairing?

Pairing logo fonts together becomes a lot easier once you know what to look for. There’s two main thing I look for in paired fonts…

  1. Line Consistency: This isn’t a steadfast rule, but fonts generally play well with each other when their weight/line thickness is consistent. It makes for a more fluid and unified look. Things get messy the more disparity their is between the weights of the fonts.
  2. Contrasting Style: I’ve found that fonts don’t pair very well with each other if they’re both overtly illustrative or decorative. If one font is decorative, then the other should be more basic and subtle. There needs to be a hierarchy where there’s a primary and secondary reach for the viewer’s attention. You don’t want multiple fonts fighting with each other for attention. This is something I talked about a bit in my post about logo design mistakes to avoid.

That said, here are some logo font pairings that complement each other quite well in my opinion.

Logo Font Pairings

1. Acre + Allura

Acre and Allura logo font pairing

Font 1: Acre

Font 2: Allura

These fonts work well together for a nice, contrasting look. You’ll need to manually adjust the sizes of each though in order to make the line weights consistent with each other.

2. Ayres + Prof. Jorge

Ayres and Prof Jorge

Font 1: Ayres

Font 2: Prof. Jorge

This pairing is a little risky because of how decorative each font is, but I think they strike a nice art deco sort of balance together.

3. Caviar Dreams + Shorelines Script

Caviar Dreams and Shorelines Script

Font 1: Caviar Dreams

Font 2: Shorelines Script

I love it when a sans serif and a script font can pair well with each other. It can make for a really distinct look in a logo design. The line weight consistency between these two is what really sells it.

4. Com4t + Liberation Serif

Com4t and Liberation Serif

Font 1: Com4t

Font 2: Liberation Serif

These two fonts make for an expensive, luxurious sort of look when pair together.

5. Dynalight + Acre

Dynalight and Acre

Font 1: Dynalight

Font 2: Acre

Another combination of a sans font and a script font — a longtime favorite of mine.

6. Lato Black + Lato Regular

Lato font pairing

Font: Lato

Is it cheating if I reference two fonts from the same family? One thing I love to do when designing logos is separate words with different weights. It adds for a nice bit of character, and the Lato font family has a casual sort of appeal that’s really fitting when that’s the context you’re designing a logo for.

7. League Gothic + Montserrat

League Gothic and Montserrat

Font 1: League Gothic

Font 2: Montserrat

My adoration of both League Gothic and Montserrat is no big secret. I regularly use them for the header graphics of my blog posts, YouTube thumbnails, and have even referenced them in many of my tutorials. They’re both classic fonts that I think will age gracefully.

8. Microgramma + Avant Garde

Microgramma and Avant Garde

Font 1: Microgramma

Font 2: Avant Garde

Here’s a couple of classic premium fonts that contrast well with each other. Microgramma has a classic technological look that has somehow lasted through generations, and Avant Garde is a clean sans font that I prefer over Helvetica. I prefer it so much that I used it for the Logos By Nick logo.

9. Montserrat

Montserrat font pairing

Font: Montserrat

Another pairing from within the same family. Montserrat has to be the best 100% free sans font that comes in a useful variety of different weights.

10. Free Serif + Tex Gyre Adventor

Free serif and tex gyre adventor

Font 1: Free Serif

Font 2: Tex Gyre Adventor

I can’t wrap this post up without first including a nice serif logo font pairing. Free Serif is a longtime favorite of mine, and it pairs nicely with a very clean and simple sans font like Tex Gyre Adventor.

11. Serrona + Serrona Script

Serrona Script

Font: Serrona

I’ll cap this post off with a recent discovery — the Serrona font family. This is actually a premium font I found of Creative Market that was designed specifically to be paired together. I’ve been having a lot of fun with this one since discovering it.

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18 thoughts on “My 11 Favorite Font Pairings for Logo Design

  1. Hi Nick – thanks for all of your info!

    I was wondering if you know of any alternatives to Shorelines Script that would fit in its place with Caviar Dreams since it is not free for commercial use.

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Derek, not off the top of my head, sorry. I would try going to Dafont and selecting script fonts, then filter the results by 100% free for commercial use.

  2. This is THE MOST HELPFUL font pairing article I’ve seen this year. Thanks a lot this was very help. I’m definitely doing these in my next projects

  3. Hello Nick

    Please my question If you allow it is :

    are all these fonts free ? and can we use them for t shirt texts?


  4. This is super helpful. Thank you, Nick. I’ve never run across a blog article where someone has paired fonts like this. Hope my new logo turns out as cool as those above!

  5. I don’t know about 1, 2, 3 , and 5.

    #11 is really good.

    But, the combination of ALL CAPS and script doesn’t always work just because you’re tying to mix x-heights.

    I think if you’re combing Serif and Script, then the script or serif should completely outweigh the supporting text rather than be somewhere in the mid because the character heights match. That’s just an opinion based on first impressions.

    Maybe it works depending on the words chosen. But, #2 isn’t happening unless that’s the person’s exact signature. Even then, the kerning feels extremely tight on the script. It could be a matter of hierarchy. But, the script in itself detracts just because it’s more flowery and is wanting for attention.

    I do like Serif/Script combos in general. But, designers a lot of times try to give them the same visual and hierarchical weight. It just doesn’t always work…

  6. This “their” wants to be a “there”:
    more disparity their is between the weights of the fonts

    Sorry if I’m being a grammar nazi!! 🙂

    (Pls feel free to delete this comment!)

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