A Sans and a Serif that go well together

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martin kraxner's picture
Joined: 5 Mar 2011 - 8:07am
A Sans and a Serif that go well together

hey, i am looking for a sans and a serif that go well together in a CV.

in http://typophile.com/node/31800 , there is a pic of a great CV, and I designed mine accordingly. but I do not own freight, nor do I own any other font package that includes a sans and a serif designed to go together.

I tried Avenir for headlines with minion pro for body which was nice, but now I am looking for other possibilities.

Arial Narrow with Baskerville? I know I am supposed to despise Arial, but it is combined like this in a pages template (apple software...)

Myriad with Garamond (both Adobe, both Apple typefaces)? I don't like Myriad in a CV, it is too... soft?

What do you think?

Many thanks for your opinion in advance, this is my first post ever!

Nick Shinn's picture
Joined: 8 Jul 2003 - 11:00am

Any two faces can go well together.
You just have to work at it, playing with the variables until you hit the sweet spot.

Jasper Michael de Waard's picture
Joined: 24 Apr 2008 - 10:32am

However, it's easier (not better!!!) if you use a sans and a serif that come from the same superfamily. Quadraat, Centro, Karmina, Relato, are my favorites.

Riccardo Sartori's picture
Joined: 13 Jul 2009 - 4:20am
Matt Yee's picture
Joined: 2 Mar 2009 - 5:54pm

Hey, a word of design advice: merely talking about possibilities before you've attempted to flush out ideas as part of your process is not as effective as you might think. Create some pairs you think might work well together, put them on a page with other pairings, and heck, if nothing really strikes your fancy do some sketches and create your own faces to better match what effect you have in mind. It's a lot like thumbnailing tons of ideas and picking out the few that are potential winners. Just asking other designers what works better before you've actually attempted anything doesn't allow you, as designer, to see things as they appear to you and then draw from your intuition and experiences. You can't learn and grow without jumping into the fire and figuring out for yourself what works and what doesn't.