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gill sans


eric gill

type specimen


Semibold 48

Considered the Helvetica of England Bold Italic 60

Gill Sans is nothing to be cheeky about Bold 36

cheeky CHēkē adjective 1. impudent or irreverent, typically in an endearing or amusing way. ex: "a cheeky grin"


**All typeface specifications

Regular 14

Light 10

Regular 145


table of contents 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Intro Table of Contents History of Gill Sans Font Usage Quote by Creator Anatomy Lesson Typeface Variations Closing Bold 36



Regular 12

History of Gill Sans: Regular 12

The successful Gill Sans was issued by

Legible and modern though sometimes cheer-

Monotype in 1928 to 1930. The roots of

fully idiosyncratic, the lighter weights work

Gill Sans can be traced to the typeface

for text, and the bolder weights make for

that Gill’s teacher, Edward Johnston,

compelling display typography.

designed for the signage of the London Underground Railway in 1918. Gill´s

Originally Gill designed this typeface as an

alphabet is more classical in proportion

uppercase set. The lowercase

and contains what have become known

characters were added in 1929 and having

as his signature flared capital R and

spent much of the 1930s

eyeglass lowercase g. Gill Sans is a

developing further weights and variations, Gill

humanist sans serif with some

Sans now represents one of his most widely

geometric touches in its structures. It

used typefaces.

also has a distinctly British feel.

Regular 13

“The characters are hard, sculptured forms which clearly show Gill’s education and artistic roots. There’s the legibility of a serif face, balanced with the authority of a sans-serif. Gill Sans can seem friendly in its lighter weights, making it perfect for body text, and with its rounded letter forms and limited adornments, it’s highly legible. The bolder weights are perfect for display or signage purposes, but then there’s that ‘a’. If there’s one thing about Gill Sans that puts me off is the lower case ‘a’. Just look at it. Top heavy, unbalanced and well, just weird looking.” --Mark Boulton Regular 11



Bold Italic 48

You would go bonkers if you knew how many different companies use Gill Sans SemiBold 38

Regular 14

bon路kers b盲NGkerz adjective-British, informal 1. mad; crazy. ex: "and the fans go bonkers"

This is just a few examples of when Gill Sans was used:

Bold 24



Regular 37 Bold 48

“The artist is not a different kind of person, but every person is a different kind of artist.� -Eric Gill Semi Bold 40


light italic 40

Cap Line x-height

Regular 12

Bold 14



Baseline Descender Line



Did you know? Arch



Cross Bar

gill sans is san serif, and a hummanist typeface. Terminal


Regular 63




SemiBold 24



Knowing the anatomy of your favorite typeface makes tickety-boo! SemiBold 18

Tickety-boo: A british phrase meaning everything is great



Bold Italic 55

Variations of Gill Sans AaBbCcDd AaBbCcDd Light 44 Light Italic 44 AaBbCcDd Regular 36

AaBbCcDd Italic 36

AaBbCcDd SemiBold 32

AaBbCcDd SemiBold Italic 32

AaBbCcDd SemiBold 24

AaBbCcDd SemiBold Italic 24


SemiBold 57


gill sans

gill sans SemiBold 153


p i p p i P “ ” o i r r e ch Pip Pip Cheerio is a British phrase which means goodbye.

semibold italic 15

Light 123

Italic 18

Morgan Leverence

Gill Sans Specimen Book  

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