Centaur & which Sans serif?

EyeLoveDesign's picture

Hi
Im doing a book on art and museums, and I was thinking of using Centaur...can you please suggest a sans serif font that is a good combination with Centaur?
Also, would you recommend any other serif/sans serif font combinations which are historically relevant to art and museums?
Any feedback would be much appreciated.
...Thank you!

Thomas Phinney's picture

Most humanist sans would work quite well, especially those with a classical architecture. ITC Legacy Sans, for example. One could also go with more of a contrasting geometric sans, like Futura, or my own Hypatia Sans.

Cheers,

T

Christopher Adams's picture

Thomas Phinney wrote: Most humanist sans would work quite well [with Centaur], especially those with a classical architecture. ITC Legacy Sans, for example.

An eminent choice. Ronald Arnholm's Legacy and Legacy Sans are based on the work of the Venice-based punchcutter Nicolas Jenson (as is Bruce Roger's Centaur). You might even use those two faces for the body and marginalia, respectively, and use Centaur for headings or as a display face. Robert Slimbach's Adobe Jenson also has much to recommend it, and like Legacy was designed on a computer (whereas Centaur is a digitization of a Monotype revival of a roman cut in 1469).

Gary Lonergan's picture

Centaur with a grotesque might work
Franklin Gothic, or Benton

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