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Gill Sans alternatives

Stephen Coles, based on article by Ben Archer, lists the alternatives for Gill Sans (1932, Monotype), a typeface they both find lacking. Here is the list:

  • Granby by Stephenson Blake (metal in 1930; revived by Elsner & Flake as Granby EF, and Scangraphic as Granby SB). Closer to Johnston and highly recommended by Coles. Tankard's Wayfarer was influenced by Granby.
  • Bliss by Jeremy Tankard (1996): very complete and legible.
  • Foundry Sterling by David Quay and Freda Sack (The Foundry). Coles thinks that it is overpowered by its predecessor, Bliss.
  • Agenda by Greg Thompson (Font Bureau, 1993-2000).
  • P22 London Underground (Richard Kegler, P22, 1997).
  • ITC Johnston by David Farey (ITC, 1999-2002). One of the best digital versions of Johnston's Underground.
  • English Grotesque (1998, Rian Hughes): an exaggerated interpretation.
  • Tschichold by Jan Tschichold (1933, metal) and Thierry Puyfoulhoux (2001, digital).

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file name: Monotype Gill Sans W G L 1990 1998


file name: Eric Gill Gill Sans 1929 Poster by Jane Chang 2015


file name: Eric Gill Gill Sans 1929 Poster by Alyssa Gomez 2015


file name: Rian Hughes English Grotesque 1998


file name: Scangraphic Granby S B 2004


file name: Stephenson Blake Granby 1930


file name: Elsner Flake Granby E F Bold 2001 after Stephenson Blake Granby 1930


file name: Elsner Flake Granby E F Hippo 2001 after Stephenson Blake Granby 1930


file name: Elsner Flake Granby E F Light 2001 after Stephenson Blake Granby 1930


file name: I T C I T C Johnston 2011







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