Eames Century Modern will endure the rigors of modern parcel delivery systems jealously guarded in a solid chunk of furniture-grade plywood. Hand printed with our signature air-dried inks in 30 different random versions, each block includes a precision-routed keyhole so it can stand (or hang) as a 21st century monument to 20th century design principles.
Eames Century Modern is a typographic workhorse that honors the Eames aesthetic while offering unprecedented functionality. An eighteen-style serif typeface family strikes an unprecedented balance between distinctive idiosyncrasies, readability and space economy. Its 18 styles include gracefully complementary italics and a virtually endless supply of deep text handling features. Carefully-weighted small caps, nine different figure styles, ligatures, contextual alternate forms and thousands of lines of computer code give Eames Century Modern a significant edge in contemporary design environments. A stencil font on the heaviest weight of Eames Century Modern takes the curvature of bent plywood and abstracts the shapes into type.
In a nod to Charles and Ray’s infatuation with circus imagery, we penned three elephantine numeral fonts whose woodcut-inspired forms leave a tastefully pachydermic impact on any layout. Fanciful figures from Ray’s January and December 1943 Arts and Architecture® covers were the impetus for a more delicate set of numbers. All four figure sets boast a rich array of currency symbols, punctuation and a sophisticated fraction feature.
The Eames’ pragmatism was always tempered with their love of adornment, so this collection would not be complete without a host of carefully drawn ornaments and a galley of frames. These elements are sure to provide dignified directional stability and exquisitely cultivated closure to any design project.
- Default settings have rounded brackets in the serifs of C, G and S (and of course their lowercase, small cap versions and diacritic siblings). A stylistic set (available in Adobe InDesign) switches these to serifs with a sharper cut, which makes the type look a bit crisper. For instance if you want to use a single word at a large size.
- Eames Century Modern uses these automatically-substituted letter combinations to solve space and spacing issues.
- This set of heavy woodtype-inspired figures contain figures, superiors and inferiors (that double as fractions), selected currency symbols and punctuation. The widths of the three Poster Numerals form a system that can be used to create striking patterns, interesting math and novelty bonus checks.
- The Eames Exhibits Ornaments contains a range of left and right facing arrows and pointers that are drawn to fit the proportions of Eames Century Modern. An OpenType feature controls the appropriate tail, center and head. Length is determined by how many of the same letters are typed.
- Eames Century Modern features nine figure styles. Included are text figures for use in running text, lining figures for use with uppercase forms and small caps figures. Each of these styles is supplemented with tabular figures for use in columnar settings. Superior figures are positioned slightly above the cap height and inferior figures are placed at descender depth. Plus, superscript and subscript figures are included for use in fractions, footnotes, etc.
- The Eames’ pragmatism was always tempered with their love of adornment, so this collection would not be complete without a host of carefully drawn ornaments and a galley of frames. These elements are sure to provide dignified directional stability and exquisitely cultivated closure to any design project.
- The Eames Century Modern collection contains encodings that support well over two dozen languages. The OpenType fonts feature support for numerous Central European characters and more.