Type Gallery – Gill Sans
Font Designer: Eric Gill, 1931
The successful typeface Gill Sans was designed by the artist and type designer Eric Gill in 1931. The roots of Gill Sans can be traced back to Old Face typefaces and more directly to the London Underground type of his teacher Edward Johnston. Gill’s alphabet is more classical in proportion and contains his signature flared capital R and eyeglass lowercase g. With distinct roots in pen-written letters, Gill Sans is classified as a humanist sans serif, making it very legible and readable in text and display work. The condensed, bold and display versions are excellent for packaging or posters. Gill Sans exudes a modern feel due to its clear, generous and original characters.