Gill Facia® font family
Designed by Colin Banks
1948–53: trains at the Mid-Kent College of Printing; afterwards assistant to Ernst Hoch.
From 1956 onwards: freelance designer.
1958: founds the Banks & Miles company, London.
1975–82: Banks & Miles in Amsterdam.
1979: Banks gives London Transport’s corporate typeface, Johnston, dating from 1916, a facelift for the corporation’s new image.
1990: sets up a branch of Banks & Miles in Brussels.
1990–92: Banks & Miles opens in Hamburg. Acts as a design consultant to various universities and colleges: Portsmouth University (1991), UNO University in Tokyo and Helsinki (1991), University of the South-West in Bristol (1992). Works on logos and designs for various companies, including British Telecom, London Transport, The British Council and The Post Office.
Publications include: “Social Communication&rdquo:, London 1979; “London&rsquo:s Handwriting – a History of Design in London’s Transport System”, London 1991; “The Development of Edward Johnston’s Underground Railway Block-Letter”, London 1995.
Colin Banks and John Miles wrote the short essay “Pleasure of Design” for Linotype.
* TYPOGRAPHY – An Encyclopedic Survey of Type Design and Techniques Throughout History by Friedrich Friedl, Nicolaus Ott (Editor), Bernard Stein, published by Könemann Verlagsgesellschaft mbH.
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use with applications.
Licensed per computer.
@font-face rule. They are licensed
for a set number of page views with
no time limitation.
in your mobile application. Each app
and platform requires a separate license.
embedded in an eBook, eMagazine or
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a server and e.g. used by automated
processes to create items.
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on which the font will be installed.
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A license has a term of 1 year.
the font: OT (OpenType) with
Postscript outlines (OT CFF) or
TrueType outlines (OT TTF).
the font: W1G (98 languages),
COM (56 languages),
PRO (33 languages) or
STD (21 languages).
available in. These differ in contained
characters and file size. You get all
available versions with your license.
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