Type specimen poster brief: Eric Gill

Today we were given out typeset brief. We were each given a typeface to create a type set poser. I was given Gill Sans which, at first, I was slightly disappointed with as I felt it was rather boring looking typeface. When I started to research its creator, Eric Gill, I changed my mind. Eric Gill is an interesting character to say the least.

Influenced by Edward Johnstons iconic typeface designed for the Underground in 1913. Gill wasn’t all too satisfied with Johnstons typeface, so he set out to perfect it. Eric Gill was taught under Edward Johnston at London’s Central School of Arts and Craft. Gill later became Johnstons apprentice and close friend.

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Left: Eric as a young man, 1908 Right: Drawing by Gill, 1933

 

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