Font Comparison

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British branch of Monotype in 1928 released Gill Sans fonts designed by Arthur Eric Rowton Gill. He was an English sculptor, typeface designer, and printmaker at the same time. Underground Alphabet by Edward Johnston’s of 1916 was the base font of Gill Sans.

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Gill Sans has a relatively small X-height in comparison with other sans serif fonts. A generous X-height is usually considered a prerequisite for a high legibility typeface, but Gill Sans seems to be an exception.


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Unlike other popular sans serif fonts such as Arial and Verdana, the Gill Sans typeface uses a double storey lowercase “g”. This has a distinctive eyeglass shape, which is easily recognizable.

Gill Sans is also essentially the only sans serif typeface without modular use of strokes. The “O” is a perfect circle, and the oblique and vertical strokes as well as upstrokes and downstrokes have a consistent thickness. Only “a,” “e” and “g” have thinner strokes at the openings of the small eyes. These exceptions to an otherwise consistent stroke thickness are one of the trademark characteristics of the Gill Sans typeface.

c e f “C,” “e” and “f” have vertical stroke ends, creating the effect of the strokes thinning towards the ending.

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Verdana is a humanist sans-serif typeface designed by Matthew Carter for Microsoft Corporation, with hand-hinting done by Thomas Rickner, then at Monotype.

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Demand for such a typeface was recognized by Virginia Howlett of Microsoft’s typography group. The name “Verdana” is based on verdant (something green), and Ana (the name of Howlett’s eldest daughter).


The pixel patterns of Verdana have been carefully hand-crafted. This ensures that readers can tell the difference between letters that are often confused at smaller sizes. Think the i, j, l and the number 1. The font is also a tad heavier to make sure the weight is readable even as small as eight pixels.

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Some of the features of Verdana include large x-heights, wider typeface, wider spacing and bigger counters — spaces inside partially closed letters (c, s). All of these elements work together to make this font readable even at extremely small sizes.

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Some additional distinctive features of the typeface include a square dot over the lowercase “i”. The lowercase “j” is one of the few letters within the typeface that does have a serif on top. The capital letter “Q” has a tail smack on the bottom center of the circle portion of the letter. The upper case “E” has straight vertical and horizontal lines.

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Gill Sans vs. Verdana Gill Sans



Gill Sans and Verdana

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