What is the best Century?

evanmacdonald's picture

I am looking to add Century to my collection. I keep looking at it and am somewhat mesmerized. So who'd cut the best Century?

I am so far liking Century BQ, ITC Century, Century Expanded EF and maybe some others.

I am looking to incorporate italics and I am not so sure I will need bolds, but I might! Also, what faces would you pair with Century?



microspective's picture

The nineteenth century was my favorite, for sure.

Nick Shinn's picture

So many Centuries, so little time.

kentlew's picture

Didn't we have a lengthy thread about various Centurys (the types, not time periods) a while back? The searches suck right now, but maybe Florian can work some magic and find it.

eliason's picture

There's some here, FWIW.

hrant's picture

Raymond, I couldn't agree more. Ideas were so alive then.


kentlew's picture

Thanks, Florian. Wow, I'd forgotten about all those vitriolic tangents. We never seemed to get around to assessing digital versions, so probably of little use to Evan.

Dan Gayle's picture

Nick sent me a sample of his Worldwide, and I gotta say, someday I'm going to buy the set. It has an economic fit, and a little bit of flair for what is probably one of the most workman fonts in existence. Looking at the pdf specimen, I really like the character of the black and ultra weights. Could be used where I would typically use a heavy Bodoni.

evanmacdonald's picture


Man! I really dig Worldwide. Fabulous and I will go ahead and say that I must have it.

One question I have is about companion fonts to go with Century or Worldwide. Univers? Century Gothic (hmmm..) or something from Renner? Others? Please help as combining type is one thing I struggle with.

Speaking of -- is there a good thread that discusses font combinations and the theory behind making such an important decision?



Nick Shinn's picture

Brown Gothic works with Worldwide.
Both are semi-condensed and have a similarly nuanced finish.

The classic sans mate for Century is Franklin Gothic, or Benton.

BruceS63's picture

FWIW, Matthew Carter said in D.C. recently that he thought there were more good type designers out there now than ever before.

Inventor of the DVD rewinder

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