When building an author website, most designers use Google Fonts—the web’s largest (and free) open source for font families. Google currently offers over 1,200 font families, with more being added every day. With this many fabulous fonts to choose from, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when trying to determine which styles suit your author website. The designers at Web Design Relief have curated the best font combinations for author websites to help you make the right choice.
Examples of Smart Font Combinations For Author Websites
Source Serif Pro and Source Sans Pro
The pairing of Source Serif Pro and Source Sans Pro is one of the best (and most popular) font combinations online. These fonts were created by artists from design juggernaut Adobe to perfectly complement one another in weight and proportion. We recommend using Source Serif Pro for page headers and titles, and the slightly more web-friendly Source Sans Pro for the bulk of your body text. This font pairing will ensure your author website design is sleek and professional.
Old Standard TT and Roboto
Old Standard TT can be used to invoke a sense of elegance and sophistication on your author website. However, it truly pops when paired with Roboto, a sans-serif font that web designers love to use. The traditional look of Old Standard TT for larger text, when paired with the simplistic Roboto for the majority of your web text, creates an eye-catching design.
Bebas Neue and Playfair Display
Bebas Neue is one of the trendiest typefaces in the graphic and web design sphere. It is also an all-caps style, so it’s a great fit for heading and subheading text. While Playfair Display is also commonly used for heading text, we think it’s an excellent choice for body text too. Unlike sans-serif fonts, Playfair Display offers both a “playful” and elegant flair. Together, these fonts can create an on-trend ambiance for your author website.
Parisienne and Libre Baskerville
Parisienne is one of Google Fonts’ most-used scripts, and for a good reason. Not only is it a beautiful font, but it is decorative without being overly difficult to read. Parisienne shines when paired with Libre Baskerville for a website’s primary content. Libre Baskerville is a crisp take on traditional, printed text, so these two fonts together will give your author website a timeless look.
Hammersmith One and Exo 2
Hammersmith One and Exo 2 offer a unique font combination for author websites. Hammersmith One’s heavy typeface and ornamental accents (see the diamonds over the letter i) pair well with Exo 2’s largely minimalistic and thin design. However, despite their differences, both fonts straddle the line between straight and rounded letter shapes, which results in a cohesive impression when used together.
Lobster and Poppins
For authors who aren’t afraid of a little fun, we recommend using the chic font pairing of Lobster and Poppins in your design. Lobster’s bold typeface and stylish yet easy-to-read script make it a great choice for heading text. Poppins is its perfect match, with short, wide, round shapes that make it cute and legible at the same time.
Cinzel and Quicksand
The epic, all-caps style of Cinzel is ideal for genre-specific writers looking to make a statement. Its grand design suits heading text for author websites centered on fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and their sub-genres. We found that Cinzel works best when paired with the modern font Quicksand, as they both offer an ultra-thin typeface.
When it comes to fonts, even subtle differences in the shape, size, and impression of the letters can make a huge impact on your author website design. While you might consider using only one font throughout your website, the design experts at Web Design Relief have found that creative font pairings are the perfect way to add visual interest to your website.
Pro Design Tip: Don’t use more than two fonts; any more will make your author website look chaotic (and amateurish).
If you’d like to leave your author website design in the hands of professionals, schedule a free consultation with Web Design Relief today! We can help you create a fully customized website—beautiful fonts and all!
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