FAC­TFILE: GILL SANS

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Gill Sans is the name given to the sans serif type­face de­signed by Arthur Eric Row­ton Gill in 1928. It was in­spired by Ed­ward John­ston’s type­face de­signed for the Lon­don Un­der­ground in 1916, which is per­haps no sur­prise, given that Gill worked on the project in its early days. The LNER adopted Gill Sans in 1929 and it ap­peared on sta­tion signs, pub­lic­ity ma­te­rial and ‘A4’ lo­co­mo­tive ten­ders (in the form of stain­less steel let­ters). Bri­tish Rail­ways also adopted Gill Sans as its type­face and it is still used to­day.

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