The Recommendation | Monotype x Eric Gill

Monotype is currently hosting an exhibition which presents the Eric Gill Series at the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch – a must visit for any typography fanatics. The exhibition features material from Monotype’s archive as well as items from the Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft and the Letterform Archive in San Francisco. There are ink drawings for Gill Sans Titling Caps (the first Gill Sans style), 10-inch production drawings used by Monotype to analyse and refine Gill’s drawings and a 1928 issue of Monotype’s Recorder magazine showing the first example of Gill Sans type. It’s a dream for any budding graphic designers looking for some portfolio research or wishing to learn more about typography.

If you’re not aware of Gill Sans then you must have your head in a bucket or just not be a type whizz (I forgive you.) The iconic font has been used by the likes of Penguin, the BBC and the Royal Society of Arts. You can also see it gracing newer brands such as  Net-a-Porter and Tommy Hilfiger.  The exhibition shows Gill’s hand-drawn creations and his notes within the process which is delight to ponder over and something to get the mind whirring with ideas.

And it doesn’t stop there. Monotype have remastered Gill Sans and Joanna as Gill Sans Nova and Joanna Nova – all to give them a little update and bring them into the digital age. They have also released a new typeface, Joanna Sans Nova, which combines the DNA of both of Gill’s fonts to create a humanist sans serif. You can have a play around with all three of the fonts on the mammoth magnetic wall and be sure to hashtag #SetinGill



The exhibition runs until the 10th November with the last day featuring an event hosted by Monotype and Eye magazine. Described as an informal evening of type and conversation, Dan Rhatigan, David Hitner and James Mosley will present three different yet complementary aspects of Gill’s design legacy. Book tickets here.


Old Truman Brewery – 91 Brick Lane. T2. London E1 6QL GB

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