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Textism: Centaur

Designed by Bruce Rogers in 1929 (Monotype). Textism does not like the digitization by Adobe. Link disappeared. An excerpt:Like Bembo, released for the Monotype machine the same year, Centaur was an exceptionally beautiful and eminently readable revival of Renaissance type. Unfortunately, the producers of the digital version made a common mistake: the shapes are based on the most basic starting point of Bruce Rogers' designs. These designs were intended for metal type that would press into paper, the ink spreading as it absorbed into the paper fibre. The resulting printed shapes had a good deal more visual force than the original designs. The proces was total, design anticipating application. This version of Centaur suffers from the perfection of the process of digital design and offset printing: the original shape is printed coldly intact, and thus it's very difficult to set a well-made page in Centaur.

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file name: Monotype Centaur252 Specimen


file name: Bruce Rogers Centaur 1914 Poster by Kristy Kong 2016


file name: Bruce Rgers Centaur 1914 Poster by Shae Strauss 2016


file name: Bruce Rogers Centaur 1914 Poster by Lina Pardo 2015


file name: Monotype Centaur M T Pro after Bruce Rogers 1912 1914 Poster by Addalee Carter 2016


file name: Bruce Rogers Centaur 1914 Poster by Daria Leonov 2018


file name: Bruce Rogers Centaur 1914 Poster by Daria Leonov 2018b


file name: Nicolas Jenson Bruce Rogers Frederic Warde Monotype Centaur 1928 1930


file name: Nicolas Jenson Bruce Rogers Frederic Warde Monotype Centaur Bold 1928 1930







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