Type Gallery – Centaur
Font Designer: Bruce Rogers, 1928
Bruce Rogers originally designed the exquisite, classical Centaur® typeface in 1914 for the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The forms are based on those of the famous Renaissance printer Nicolas Jenson. The italic, designed in 1925 by Frederic Warde, was originally called Arrighi. Warde modelled the italic forms on the Italika of Ludovico Vicentino, a 16th century typeface. The capitals are more freely formed. If they had been based on the Italika, they would have been vertical. The elegant and harmonic Centaur face was produced for Monotype. This modern, American book typeface is good for both long texts and headlines.