Center

The future is squarish. Georg Trump knew it in 1930 when he designed City. Hermann Zapf knew it in 1952 when he designed Melior. Aldo Novarese knew it in 1962 when he designed Eurostile. Center isn’t about to argue. Based on a rounded rectangle, its geometry has been subtly refined for smoother reading. Angled branches pay homage to OCR-A. Early versions had a somewhat science-fictiony look, but over time Center evolved into a crisp and useful text/display family with just a hint of futurity. A combination of open counters, unequivocal curves, and ruler-straight vertical and horizontal strokes suit it admirably for onscreen display. (You’re reading it now.) Its terminals are gently softened. Its seven weights range from the taut, elegant Thin to the massive Ultra, each with a matching italic. Tabular figures duplex across all weights, case-sensitive forms keep punctuation in line, and a variety of alternative glyphs let designers vary its mood at will. A full range of diacritics provides support for over 130 languages.

  • $40 / weight (OTF)
  • $260 / family (OTF)

Available as WOFF, EOT, and web-only TTF, and SVG webfonts.