Two fonts or not two fonts

coops's picture

Please can anyone help settle a simple disgreement. Can two different fonts be used in the same Corporate identity. And

Is this written down anywhere? ie it is okay or it is not okay.

A quick answer will make my life instantly bearable

cheers

soreno's picture

yes. as a matter of fact it is good idea: type for web is more or less a question of a few fonts. everybody uses them. but if you use the same fonts for the rest of your publications, identity is lost. because everybody uses them.

soren o

porky's picture

I dont think it is necessarily a question of "different" so much as being "compatible" or "appropriate". So long as the combination is thoroughly thought through in terms of the messages it gives out, its range, readability, the typographic structure you intend to use and, of course, its historical contexts, it should not matter.

tsprowl's picture

it would be a branding nightmare if we only used one. think of what would be the difference between a title, sub-head and body text...bolds? another bold a heavy? and an underline? - it would look like a high school essay produced in word doc.

a designer's mark should be in matching pairs of type for collateral and corp systems.

Miss Tiffany's picture

the answer is that you need to be wary of anything dogmatic. and yes, this is me saying this.

glutton's picture

If you're using Impact you have bigger issues. All the time I be hatin' on Impact.

coops's picture

Thanks for all your input. I am forwarding comments and a couple of quotes I pulled from 'The Complete Typographer' (a book a found from my college days). To the big wigs who (unfortunately) as usual make the choices on final design. Amazing considering all the skills they possess in relation to design

Joe Pemberton's picture

I assume you mean 'corporate identity' as a
system and not just a 'mark.' In which case I'd
also say yes. It's a good idea unless you're
using Helvetica and Impact because you can't get
the right set of weights. (Just one lame example.)

But, in general, it seems to make little sense to make
rules about this stuff, when it's totally dependent on how
you're using it and what it's for.

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