Which pairing works best for these sans serifs?

I’m on this project where I want to keep a sans serif font for my titles (shown as title in the examples) but it works very poorly for the text. I already have a serif matched with it but I also want to be able to typeset my text in sans if needed. I’m not planning on ever using the sans used for the title in the text and the sans used in the text as a title.

I’m having a dilemma, my gut tells me that the bottom pairing works better (contrast) but I’m falling for the top pairing’s ligatures. Constructive feedback would be appreciated. Top is Hurme Geometric Sans with Calluna and bottome is Hurme Geometric Sans with Whitney.


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I am not really a fan of the adage that says you should pair serifs with sans etc.; that you need a great contrast to make text work, I think it is nonsense. Though you need a light hand and a sensitive touch to get it right. I am going to skip the serif-and-sans entirely.

I see no reason why you cannot do sans-on-sans. A block of text is more about texture these days (as visual displays and tech gets better).

The texture of the block is of course dependant on how you set it: a flush right will give the overall “image” a more blocky feel. In my mind that is unfortunate (in most cases..). A ragged right gives geometric fonts a little life and energy. Flush right adds a “third” geometric element that you do not need. Since you are not doing this, the crux lies on the density of the texture of the block.

Particularly: your headings are all upper-case. That is why it works.
If your headings were lower-case it will be jarring with the text
block. If you are going with a serif heading, you could set that in
lower case.

Personally; I prefer your third option with Calluna light. But if you play with line-height and size on the others, they might work nicely as well. The weight of your heading is also crucial.

To conclude: I think it works well. As long as the contrast of upper-to-lower case, weight and size is good. Of which I think the third example are the best.

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