Edward Johnston


Edward Johnston (1872–1944) was a British craftsman and calligrapher, designer of the typeface for the London Underground,inventor of the foundational hand writing style.

This 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.
Typeface stories · 11 March 2007 · English · 2703 words