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Transcript of Gill Sans!
By Benn Stevens Gill Sans Eric Gill studied under Edward Johnston at
London's Central School of Arts and Crafts. He
was later apprenticed to Johnston and helped
make Johnston Sans in 1913. In 1926, Gill set
out to create a better typeface, one that he
wanted to be perfect. Gill first produced his improvements to Johnston
Sans in 1926 on a hand painted bookshop sign in
his hometown of Bristol. It was noticed by an
advisor, Stanley Morison, who commissioned
Gill to create a complete font family to
compete with Futura. Gill Sans was
released in 1928 by Monotype. In 1929 Gill Sans became the standard typeface for
the London and North Eastern Railways. The font became known worldwide in 1935 thanks to designer Edward Young who used it on the
Penguin Books jacket design. By the mid 1900's other companies started to use Gill Sans,
including BBC, British Railways and
even Monotype. Between 1929 and 1932 over 36 forms of Gill Sans
were created. It is known for its inconsistencies
between weights since they were not produced by
a single design. Initially, it was created for
headlines but as people became used to
sans-serif fonts it was discovered that
it worked for body copy as well. Where have you seen Gill Sans? http://idsgn.org/posts/know-your-type-gill-sans/