Type Through Time: Gill Sans

Gill Sans

Today we will learn about Gill Sans! It is an extremely popular typeface, originally designed by Eric Gill in the early 1900’s. It was heavily influenced by Edward Johnson’s Johnson Sans. Johnson Sans was designed to be used for the London Underground in all of their print including their iconic signs. Eric Gill was Johnson’s apprentice during the development…

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Type Through Time: Fraktur


Let’s step back a little bit and talk about Fraktur. Fraktur isn’t as much a typeface as it is a style. One who’s history demonstrates the ongoing battle of classic vs. modern that prevails throughout all design. First lets take a look at an example of the Fraktur style: Fraktur: In The Beginning Fraktur was…

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Type Through Time: Futura


During the early 20th century the avant-garde artists of the time were changing the way we use type. Members of the De Stijl group in the Netherlands and members of the Bauhaus in Germany were reducing the alphabet to their most basic geometric forms. At the time, artists were eschewing the ancient forms for geometric…

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Type Through Time: Baskerville

I love a good typeface. Besides the joy of finding the most visually pleasing typeface for a design, I’m always surprised at the diverse history of how they were designed and used. Typeface design, like any other art form, has ebbed and flowed through a large variety of styles. In my Type Through Time series I…

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