Erik Gill

Erik Gill – was born February 22, 1882 and died November 17 1940 he was a British sculptor, typeface designer, stonecutter and printmaker, who was associated with the Arts and Crafts movement. In the 1920s he turned his creative abilities to type design and in 1928 the font Gill Sans was born. The Gill Sans font was a success and was issued by Monotype between the years of 1928 to 1930.

The roots of Gill Sans are traceable to the 1981 typeface that Gill’s teacher, Edward Johnston, designed for the signage of the London Underground Railway. Gill´s alphabet is arguably more classical in proportion and to date contains what have become known as his signature flared capital R and eyeglass lowercase g. Gill Sans is categorized as a humanist sans serif with some distinguished geometric touches in its structures. It is also said to have a distinctly British feel.

Gills font is legible and modern though sometimes cheerfully unconventional, the proportion of the lettering is genius, the lighter weights work for text, and the bolder weights make for compelling display typography. Gill originally designed this typeface as an uppercase set. It was not until 1929 that the lowercase set was added. Having spent much of the 1930s developing further weights and variations, Gill Sans is now one of the most widely used typefaces today.

 

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