In the September issue of Forum – Journal of Letter Exchange, Dan Rhatigan explores the emergence of the popular Gill Sans. The Monotype Type Director has rummaged in the British archives and highlights the most interesting finds of the font designed in 1928 by Eric Gill.
The article has original drawings and photographs along with exclusive insight and information about the origin and development of Gill Sans. What requirements was Gill Sans intended to meet? Did the font have enough alternate characters and variations, what languages were meant to be covered?
Particularly interesting is the development of the analog variants up to today’s digital version – which styles made it to the digital format, which were changed and which were discarded altogether?
Overall, the article provides exciting and comprehensive insight into the development of Gill Sans, but also the development process of a typeface design in general.