oooh: Gill Sans

mark boulton discusses one of my favorite typefaces of all times, gill sans.

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like mark, i love this typeface, in spite of its “bad name” from overuse.

below is a section from the history part:

Gill Sans was designed by Eric Gill in the 1920’s and issued by Monotype in 1928 to 1930. Eric Gill studied under the calligrapher and stonemason, Edward Johnston, at the Central School in London so therefore it comes as no surprise that Gill Sans is based on his teachers typeface for London Underground, Johnston Underground.

Due to it’s legibility and its ‘Britishness’, Gill Sans has been adopted by many companies and organisations as their corporate typeface. Notable mentions are:

BBC
Royal Society of Arts
The Church of England
Network Rail

via: Typeface of the month: Gill Sans : Journal : Mark Boulton | Information design

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