What I Learned When Creating Font Pair
It was December 31st, 2015 when I was off school for winter break when I decided to create Font Pair. The idea arose out of a personal need. I was having trouble finding free web fonts that paired well together. I searched a couple of hours on Google only to find a few font pairings that seemed to fit my need for the clients project.
Then it occurred to me that I could create an easier solution by simply aggregating a list of popular font pairs together on one website. I would make the content on the page editable and each font would be able to be downloaded from the same page. I was able to whip up the first version of Font Pair in a couple of hours.
Here below are a few of the things I learned while creating Font Pair.
Improvements Can Always Be Made
Google Fonts has a feature that allow users to input their own text. They also have a pairing feature for each font. However, they don’t allow users an easy way to test input text for each pair and see what they look like together. I simply improved upon these areas with Font Pair by aggregating a list of popular Google Font pairs and allowing them to be editable and easily downloadable.
Solve Your Own Problems
Font Pair came out of a personal need. A need for font pairing ideas. I needed this and it turns out others did too. By providing this solution it solved my problem and others like me who needed inspiration and examples of Google Font pairs that worked well together.
Focus on Your Main Frustration Points
I left a lot of features out of Font Pair with the first launch mainly because I wanted to launch a minimal solution that solved the main problems I was having with finding font pairs. The biggest problems I was encountering was the time it took to find good looking font pairs and the amount of clicks it took to download the fonts and test them out. The first version of Font Pair solved those problems. Nothing more and nothing less.
Share Your Solution to that Problem
Before I created Font Pair I was using a Google Doc with many different pairings that I liked organized by typeface category. This was the first iteration of Font Pair. It was helpful to me but I knew I could make something better. I could have easily made it and only used it for myself but I realized this could help other designers as well so I bought a domain and shared it with my friends online.
People Get Excited
People get excited when you make something useful that provides value to their lives. They tend to share that excitement with friends via social media. It’s a great feeling!