centaur

Hi, I have a client who uses Centaur (Regular - I think) for their logo. On their website it looks a little blurred around some edges and is not totally crisp.

I assumed I could just get the vector version of the original logo and re-save it but I noticed even in Adobe Illustrator it still looks slightly blurred around some edges - until i magnified it 12 times. Some of the angles are just so fine that it seems they don't come out so well on screen.

So my question is this - is this font not ideal for screen display and if so can anyone recommend a very similar alternative that is good for screens?

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Centaur body text--minimum size and leading

I'm setting a devotional book (selections from the BCP) and am trying Centaur for it. Adobe Centaur is what I have. I know it's often, though not always, been used in larger text sizes (e.g., Bruce Rogers used a custom version for the Bible with 22 point text if memory serves). Anyway, I'm trying 13/16 with a fairly narrow line length. I welcome any criticism, but want to particularly ask for thoughts on (1) whether the type size is too small to make effective use of Centaur, (2) whether the leading is sufficient, and (3) whether the italic is too tight and needs some letterspacing (not that I want to steal sheep or anything). But all criticisms are welcome. Thanks.

I am trying to find a way of achieving the same colour, evenness and strength that Jenson conveyed, for instance, here:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Jenson_1475_venice_laertius.png

I appreciate that there have been many digital typefaces inspired or informed by Jenson and I’ve tried some of them – Adobe Jenson, Arno, Legacy Serif, Centaur – but somehow all of them create a very different feel on the page.

I have been trying to put my finger on just what it is the 15th-century Jenson has that the modern typefaces don’t and just what it is that I find so attractive about the 1475 sample.

(Following up from this thread in Design.)

Having read that it's a useful learning exercise for a starting designer to try digitizing a historical (metal) type, I decided to try this with Bruce Rogers's Centaur. I've never seen a digital version that looks remotely close to the beautiful text of books typeset in metal Centaur – they're all come out too fine and spindly, and look oddly sterile somehow. I'm clearly not the only one to think so.

Hey there,
New user here. I have a long-running web site which I built myself as a hobby, but which gets tens of thousands of visitors each month. I want to do a thorough redesign on the cheap (i.e., I'll be doing it), with elegance, simplicity, and usability as the key goals. It's an arts and humanities site with some scholarly leanings, so I'm going for a classic look without being stuffy. If there is some personality and history to the design rather than just being "boilerplate classicism," all the better.

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