As well as my previous Gill Sans Research I have also learnt the following:
- Gill was born in Brighton, Sussex
- Trained as an architect in 1900
- Also studied calligraphy and stonemasonry
- 1904- Married Ethel Hester Moore
- First sculpted success was ‘Mother & Child’ in 1912
- Worked as Edward Johnston’s (Creator of London Underground font) apprentice.
- Johnston’s font inspired Gill Sans
- Gill Sans was intended to be the ultimate legible typeface
The intent was: Text Display
Existing uses of the font:
- Penguin Books [70th Anniversary]
- Book Shop (original use)
- London and North Eastern Railway System
- Movie Posters (Toy Story, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off etc.)
- BBC News
- Websites (eHarmony)
- Fashion Brands (Tommy Hilfigure, United Colours of Benetton)
Issues with the font:
- The ‘1’ looks like a uppercase ‘I’ or lowercase ‘L’
“The Helvetica of England”
Initial reactions looking at the above research into Gill Sans is:
- Books: The font is obviously a good choice for books. It was used by penguin and in a book store. Definitely something in that. (Designing a book-like Specimen Book…?)
- Explore the idea of perfect balance between Body Text & Headings?
- My alteration on the font could be improving the character for ‘1’
- Also, my alteration could look at his studying of calligraphy by incorporating a ‘Swashes’ style into it.
- I love the quote “The Helvetica of England” and think this would be a good way to explore. Perhaps find some way to incorporate Brighton, Sussex into it?
- Also look at his stonemasonry, although this isn’t a big thing in Gill’s life story.