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Century Gothic™

By Monotype

Sol Hess
Century Gothic™ is based on Monotype 20th Century, which was drawn by Sol Hess between 1936 and 1947. Century Gothic maintains the basic design of 20th Century but has an enlarged x-height and has been modified to ensure satisfactory output from modern digital systems. The design is influenced by the geometric style sans serif faces which were popular during the 1920s and 30s. The Century Gothic font family is useful for headlines and general display work and for small quantities of text, particularly in advertising.

Century Gothic family has been extended to 14 weights in a Pan-European character set from Thin to Black and their corresponding Italics. The already existing 4 weights of Regular and Bold with their Italics are additionally still available in the STD character set.

For international communication, the W1G versions offer the appropriate character set. They contain Latin, Greek and Cyrillic characters and thus support all languages and writing systems that are in official use in Western, Eastern and Central Europe.

Century Gothic Variable is features two axes: Weight and Italic. The Weight axis has preset instances from Light to Black. The Italic axis is a switch between upright and italic.

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The Century Gothic design is strongly influenced by the geometric sans serif styles of the 1920s and 30s, which themselves were part of a post-Victorian design evolution.

Twentieth Century™ font design, as well as the classic Futura® design, but could be easily adaptable to the digital technology. This would lead to the development of the Century Gothic design and a compelling new look that had the best of both worlds.

Today it is amongst a small group of “core” fonts used in over 85% of all computers. Due to its wide availability, the Century Gothic design is considered a font to use in websites and other universal applications.

Because of its open, friendly style, you will often see the Century Gothic design widely used in media titling, including on the television shows “Star Trek: Enterprise” and in logos for both the television show “Weezer”, and the GMA Network. It was also used in the logo for the James Bond film “Casino Royale”. It is a popular font for use in advertising, particularly when headlines or small amounts of type are needed.

Because of its clear clean design, the Century Gothic design can often be found in at use in schools and when teaching languages. Because this is a font that is often a part of the standard Microsoft font packages, it is often used as a substitute for the similar Futura typeface.

Geometric Sans
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