Fonts that go with Century Gothic

Fonts that go with Century Gothic

If you do a google search for “what fonts go with…”, you’ll see Futura, Century Gothic, Bebas, and a few other suggestions pop up in the auto-suggest tool. We just did a post on fonts that go with Futura, and now we are continuing on to Century Gothic.

Century Gothic is similar in some fundamental ways to Futura, but has some very unique differences that clearly set it apart. For instance, notice how the terminals of the letter “C” (and other letters) differ from each other in this illustration (which I reconstructed from an uncredited source on Pinterest):

Century Gothic vs Futura: Fonts that go with Century Gothic

The perpendicular cut of Futura seems to make it feel more “serious”, where Century Gothic feels a bit less formal. If you compare Century Gothic and Futura in a variety of settings, you’ll see that to a large degree they can be used interchangeably. So, let’s see what fonts work with Century Gothic, pulling from a list of classic typefaces we keep handy, and see what kind of look and feel we can get going.

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Fonts that go with Futura

Fonts that go with Futura

It’s back to the future with Futura and the well time-travelled question of what other typefaces go with it! As with any typeface with a lot of personality like Futura, you have to choose what to pair it with carefully. No matter what typeface you are trying to match, you have to repeat that golden rule to yourself. So let’s get right to it. I’ll toss out some suggestions and a few words about each font. As usual, we are going to stick with the most popular classic typefaces and not venture off into the world of random free fonts.

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Featured Artists: Ginger Monkey and Ryan Hamrick

We like to recognize featured artists from time to time not only as a plug for them, but a benefit for graphic designers everywhere. There’s never too much competition and it’s always awesome to spread the great work of talented artists! Cheers!

By all means break the rules, and break them beautifully, deliberately, and well.  That is one of the ends for which they exist.

– Robert Bringhurst

Featured Artists–

Lovely work from Ginger Monkey, Lettering Artist, Designer, Art Director and illustrator from Bristol, United Kingdom.

featured-artist-Ginger-Monkey
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19 top fonts in 19 top combinations

(FYI: As a direct result of writing this original article, we published The Big Book of Font Combinations, a 400 page trove of font combinations that should get you up and going with some ideas very quickly!)

I recently compiled a list of the 19 most popular fonts according to usage by graphic designers from all over the web. I could have had 100, but I got it down to under 50, and from there whittled it down to just the 19 best fonts. Why 19? Because at exactly 20, the “long tail” shot right out and the differences in tallies became negligible. Take a look at those top fonts if you want and come right back because now we are going to have a little typography fun.

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