Gill Sans

I continue my travel in the world of typography, my next stop is Gill Sans.

Gill Sans is a sans-serif typeface. The original design appeared in 1926 when Douglas Cleverdon opened a bookshop, where Eric Gill painted the fascia over the window in sans-serif capitals that would later be known as Gill Sans. In addition, Gill had sketched a design for Cleverdon, intended as a guide for him to make future notices and announcements.

Gill Sans became popular when in 1929 Cecil Dandridge commissioned Eric Gill to produce Gill Sans to be used on the London and North Eastern Railway for a unique typeface for all the LNER’s posters and publicity material.

Arthur Eric Rowton Gill (1882 –  1940) was a British sculptor, typeface designer, stonecutter and printmaker. He was a controversial figure, with his well-known religious views and subject matter being seen as at odds with his sexual behavior, so let’s remember him by his lasting legacy to typography, Gill Sans.


Animation made by Rohan Wadsworth, Digital Media student, Australia.


About lerusho

I am obsessed with experimenting, using my fantasy and creating new and unique visions. The challenges are endless and that gives me real inspiration.
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