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Old 04-28-2007, 03:01 PM   #1
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Eric Gill’s Gill Sans is something akin to a British monument. The design owes a lot to Edward Johnston’s London Underground display face. It has also prompted design of many similar typefaces in the decades since its release by Monotype in 1928.

In an article entitled “Eric Gill got it wrong; a re-evaluation of Gill Sans,” Ben Archer compares Gill Sans to Johnston’s design, and argues that Gill’s design fails. (The link is to a reprint of the article on the Typotheque web site.)

In “Questioning Gill Sans” on his Typographica blog, Stephen Coles responds to Archer’s piece and adds an interesting list of some alternatives to Gill Sans.

I really enjoyed both of these pieces. I’m not sure it makes perfect sense to compare a text family like Gill Sans to a display face like Johnston’s. But you do not need to agree with everything Archer has to say, this is still a great article for anyone interested at all in typeface analysis. Coles’s piece is also interesting.

   
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