samples of Gill Sans

As readers of this site know, I spent some time in England. And it didn’t take long to realise one of the first touchpoints of British design, the typeface Gill Sans. The unofficial font of Britain can be found on everything from government forms to outdoor advertising to television branding. It is in many ways a home-grown Helvetica, used by default or when a search is too much work. In general it’s a good face, having evolved from Johnston Underground back in the early 20th century. But let’s take a closer look.

Fontblog.de rated Gill sans as the No. 9 typeface of all time, so it’s not solely a British phenomenon. Need more proof? Check out the Tommy Hilfiger logo, to name off the top of my head.

Tommy Hilfiger logo

Like the Hilfiger logo, I prefer Gill Sans to be set in upper case, but that’s neither here nor there.

Ben Archer writes a great piece on typotheque.com about the origins, evolution and applications of Gill Sans. If ever you were interested in the history of typography, and design in general, this is a must-read. It does get quite specific, comparing Gill’s face with that of Johnston’s so it’s certain aimed at the type geek.

Head over and read the Article Here »