Course leader on the BA (Hons) Communication Arts at De Montfort University, UK. Received a BA Graphic Design from Middlesex University, London, 1987 and a MA Art & Design from AUT University, Auckland, 2008.
Letter Fountain, book reviewReviews by Ben ArcherDetailed look at the English edition of Letter Fountain, typographic reference book examining the form and anatomy of Latin alphabet.
Eric Gill got it wrong; a re-evaluation of Gill SansTypeface stories by Ben ArcherThis article is intended for an audience of contemporary designers and students who are at least one step removed from mid-century British typographic culture; it is a critique of the Gill Sans typeface and the idiosyncrasies of its creation from a contemporary perspective. The central argument is that an earlier typeface by Eric Gill’s mentor, Edward Johnston, is a superior piece of type design.