centered textIt’s boring—
use sparingly

Cen­tered text is overused. It’s the ty­po­graphic equiv­a­lent of vanilla ice cream—safe but bor­ing. It’s rare to see text cen­tered in a book, news­pa­per, or mag­a­zine, ex­cept for the oc­ca­sional head­line or ti­tle. Asym­me­try is noth­ing to fear.

Yet it is feared. So for all the fans of cen­tered text, a poem:

An Ode to Cen­tered Text

Cen­tered text is ac­cept­able when used for short phrases or ti­tles,
like the name on your busi­ness cards or let­ter­head.
In doc­u­ments, you can cen­ter ma­jor sec­tion head­ings
likeIn­tro­duc­tion” andTa­ble of Con­tents.”
But if you en­joy cen­ter­ing text, then
you should learn to use the
hard line break
so your lines start
in sen­si­ble
places.
OK?

Whole para­graphs should never be cen­tered. Cen­ter­ing makes para­graphs dif­fi­cult to read be­cause both edges of the para­graph are un­even. Cen­tered para­graphs are also dif­fi­cult to align with other page el­e­ments. See head­ings for bet­ter options.