25Jan

Book Review: The Big Book of Font Combinations

The new e-book The Big Book of Font Combinations is a must have reference item for anyone with a passing interest in typography or professional graphic design. The Big Book of Font Combination is written and designed by graphic designer, typographer and author Douglas Bonneville. The book serves as a master list of fonts that are used on a daily basis in every form of media around us. Bonneville combines his knowledge of type and fonts with his skills as a designer in order to pass on information in a manner similar to how a print shop owner would offer visual suggestions on what paper would best fit a specific stationary design. Bonneville’s use of font visuals as graphics translates the information instantly to the reader.


While several categories of readers will enjoy the book it can be defined as an essential companion for anyone that works in graphics production and other media forms such as graphic artists, designers and art directors. Besides creating just a reference tool, Bonneville has crafted his e-book into a format that allows the user to visualize the most popular fonts used today in a variety of combinations. Designers of all skill levels will be able to use the book to help brainstorm font choices and pairings.

Douglas Bonneville is the founder of the Blog and Graphic Design Studio bonfx.com and is a leader in graphics arts. The Big Book of Font Combinations is a direct offshoot of his knowledge of typography and his passion for classic design. The Big Book of Font Combinations has 370 pages packed full of useful examples about typography. One of the most important aspects of the book is the visual font pairings. Bonneville researched graphic samples and studied the typography used in order to better sort his collection of popular typefaces when paired. His research revealed 50 of the most popular fonts in graphic design. Bonneville has created a fountain of information for designers by showing these most popular fonts in a manner in which the reader can easily visualize usage with other fonts. In a sense The Big Book of Font Combinations can be considered an e-book of brainstorming ideas for people in the graphics industry.

There have been many products that attempt to show how different typefaces look in given situations. The general idea has been to show a font, or assortment of fonts, in three common settings such as plain, bold and in italics. Bonneville takes it a step further with his method of showing not only various ways that fonts can be set but also how they would look with other fonts. The Big Book of Font Combinations offers 350 different font combinations in a visual manner that allows the reader to quickly generate ideas. Bonneville has created a wonderful book that easily helps graphic professionals and art directors break through the common problem of graphics brain lock.

In addition to the visual help with typography brainstorming that Bonneville offers in The Big Book of Font Combinations, Bonneville takes time to share with readers some of his personal insight on who best to choose a font and how he works through issues and problems with his own work. These tip and tricks, so to speak, are shared with readers by Bonneville in his 29 principles for making great type selections.

In his 29 principles Bonneville breaks down some common things that he looks for when working with typography in any form. This could be with only a few words used on a cover of a book or in a headline and sub headline on a magazine lay out. Or, the principles can be applied to larger blocks of text as found in books, articles, catalogs websites and more. He also offers tips on how users can better their knowledge on fonts by studying font families and how they react when used with other fonts.

The Big Book of Font Combination by Douglas Bonneville would make a wonderful addition to those who work with, or have an interest in, the way fonts are used every day in the world of mass media and graphic design. To buy or get more information about the book visit its page on Bonfx

Have you read this or another book on fonts combinations? What are your thoughts?

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    2 Responses to “Book Review: The Big Book of Font Combinations”

    1. An intriguing discussion is worth comment.

      I do think that you ought to publish more on this topic, it may not be a taboo matter but usually
      people don’t talk about these issues. To the next! Best wishes!!

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