Gill Sans

Name of Typeface : Gill Sans

Name of Typeface Designer: Eric Gill

Year: 1928

Having helped Edward Johnston with his iconic typeface, Johnston Sans, Eric Gill set out to create the perfect, legible typeface, since he was not completely satisfied with Johnston’s work. Drawing from Johnston’s work, Gill experimented on improvements after doing hand-painted lettering for a bookshop sign in his hometown, Bristol. The font was noticed by Stanley Morison for its commercial potential. Being a Monotype advisor, Morison commissioned Gill to develop a font that could compete with sans-serif designs from German foundries. The font he created was released commercially by Monotype in 1928 as Gill Sans.

With the lettering based on classic roman proportions, Gills Sans had a less mechanical feel than its geometric contemporaries. Initially recommended for advertising and headline use, once the public got used to reading sans-serif it was more prevalent as body text. Major users include BBC, Penguin Publishing, and Tommy Hilfiger.

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