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Typeface images examples

First picture and second image, I have looked at this picture where it really attracted me in a way how the letter form its measured and how Tory used his typographic in a order technical.

In this kind of letters Geoffroy shows his original letter forms using mathematical and right angles using compass in order to have a good posture of the letter.

As you can see the portrait letter form is also manipulated the with the human body posture between human body signals using hands and legs in different angles.

For example the letter “H” is corrected in angles using the body signal with a standing body stretching his arms in a form of a cross and setting his legs and head in a right posture position since  Tory used his portrait and body signal to communicate with his types.

On the third image Geffroy Tory also did some flowering illustration along the type and states the text itself on a rigorous construction of a D alphabet projected in a geometric scheme along the writing.

This proportion has the nature of the letter to show the level of the story as giving right spaces aswell. The geometry was always there in a knowledge with every point in each letter.


Geoffroy Tory – Historical typeface research

Geoffroy Tory was one of the major printers in Paris during the first third of the sixteenth century, wrote and printed this theoretical treatise on the design of Roman capital letters in 1529 including the pages from Champs Fleury, 1529.

The Art and Science of the Proportion of the Attic or Ancient Roman Letters, According to the Human Body and Face” is the most famous example of the Renaissance pursuit of an ideal proportion between humanity and the letters in which its achievements were recorded. Perspective, the Golden Section, classical mythology: all were called in aid by its author, Geofroy Tory (1480-1533), to show how letters should be made. He used a square grid that foreshadows the pixels of today’s digital letterforms, a grid on which the perfect shape of a human face or body could also be set out. The ancient origins of the letters now came to fruition in a newly classical French language. Tory was a prototypical man, as editor, scribe, illuminator, and bookseller, and Champ fleury reflected his everyday experiences. His idea of “letters,” for instance, included language and literature as well as the construction of letterforms and their visual presentation. The poetic title of his book translates literally as “flowery fields”, written as a single word, champfleury is an old French idiom for “paradise”.

Tory has showed how to draw letters with geometrical aids, and how their proportions relate to the human body. Although the book was not aimed at the printing trade, the work is mentioned by many subsequent writers on lettering and printing and has had a great influence on typography.



Geoffroy Tory typography history

Geoffroy Tory born in Bourges 1480. was a French humanist, Parisian printer, typographer, author and an engraver, best known for adding written letters in French and as the author of Champ fleury (1529). His life’s work has heavily influenced French publishing in the 16th century. Tory also was known the most talented person who had the ability to understand many different types of languages and styles that he was considered one of the tops graphic artist.

Since Geoffroy Tory was a typographer and a book publisher he invented different styles to his books and letters designs as using from the bold, cluttered style of the Gothic era by using geometrical and mathematical organizations and spacing to each letter, the same way with the page layouts.

Tory’s typeface was a unique and invented that involved each letter being represented by certain rule and meaning of it.

If you see on the link below there is a few examples how Geoffroy Tory had the style of measuring each work he use to do by using the rightangle as the same on the layout of the books to be well organized along the decoration.

He also used bodily movement to create letters as you can see on the page where Tory invented the connection typeface to demonstrate hands and legs as measuring angle.

It is really curious how he had the imagination to do specific letters and decoration to his books combining with the meaning of every movement letter. That’s why I found very interesting on his works because by that time there was competitive works and to be able to understand every aspect of design but because of his inventing new styles and new perspectives of designs he was getting to a higher level and from then he started to manipulate words along with flower designs as the book called Le Champ Fleury on page “Lettres fievries”


Gill Sans usage by its font

Gill sans was used for BBC World News, eHarmony, Toy Story, Monotype Imaging Inc., United Colors of Benetton, Penguin Books’ 70 year anniversary, Tommy Hilfiger, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Saab



Gill Sans examples

1. Gill Sans has it a serif sans typeface where here at the first picture it’s showing the letter “g” in a red colour and a grey line at the back of the font, I think it does combine all this colours together because the “g” colour red stands out. I know this is much information for a postcard because this image its a poster and gives more information about the typeface.

It does gives me the idea to make the letter “g” with a different colour and composition and be able to play around with the information inside “g” typeface.

I really like the elements between the small “M” by showing how its instructed between the “g” font.

2. It’s  a visual poster where it shows the meaning of how Gill Sans font was used by the train station (underground) and this picture shows a variety ways to introduce the font in writing which I think its really interesting how its made and then the information of Gill sans its located on the right bottom side where its clear to read.

I really like the idea because it has many colours in it which attracts to the audience and gives an attention to start looking at it and how creative it because the underground line it’s combining with the Gill sans font at the same time.

3. This is a postcard where once again communicating people with a graphic train from where Gill Sans was influenced and created. It made right colours of how the London underground is made but here is showing the each characteristics of the typeface.

It is simple and visualize graphic to demonstrate the alphabetical, numerical and characteristic of the Typeface.

4.This poster gives a right structure developing a communication with the “g” font once again showing part of the London underground with the red line across the curve of the “g”.

The combination to this poster has a clear understanding and simple with a white background and easy to read the information of the font. This example does gives me the idea to play around with the letter “g” on my postcards.

5.The fifth and sixth posters gave me the first impression how its made the forth one it has with the signal from the London underground mixing with the “g” font below the “London underground signal” which gives a good example of it and adding the information of the font inside the font I know it can be simple but it lets you know that the Gill Sans typeface was developed from the London underground by also reading the information containing in there.

The sixth poster it’s also choosing the letter “g” but its mixing it with the letter “a” and “R”, I don’t really think it suits together because it’s separately and the red background don’t let you read clear the information on it which is hard to read since not every people read with a strong background colour.

5. On the last image it’s a different angle type and gives three different colours that does suit with each font and it’s clear to understand. As you see it’s use with Capital letter “G” and upper case  “ill” combining along the information containing vertical upside down. I like how it’s made and looks accurate in each side of the font and hidden words where it says sans.

Influences Research

First picture it’s a poster from Kabel typeface not a postcard but it gives me the Idea of  how is manupulate using the typeface and at the same time the history of the font.

I know this is a different typeface from what I have choosen but this “Kabel typeface” was a similar typeface from Gill Sans.

Also showing a bright background colour that really combines with the black writting at the front typeface.

I like the layout and the outstanding of communication specially where the date its located by putting numbers on top of each other like playing around the words where  also  the name of the artist is on vertical and horizontal.

Second picture from Futura typeface it’s also a poster not a postcard but I like how it’s simple and clear using the futura typeface, date and artist name inside of the letter F to show all in one. As you can see the typefae “F” it has a diagonal direction where there is the iformation about the typeface and the different characters from Futura font.

The third picture it’s the Kabel typeface and I like how its expressed in three different ways as using darks to bright colour to extand out the background font which is the “K” letter  in black and its used to be for the information and the characterictis of the font inside the letter “K”. I think this image has a bit of geometric shape as the grey and green colour it’s building into a shape.

Gill Sans history

Gill Sans is categorized as a sans serif typeface designed  by Eric Gill in 1927, also knows as the humanist era.

Gill Sans is the only original typeface that has a hybrid carrying characteristic of serif and Sans serif fonts and also became in different poster as Gill sans, Gill sans ultra bold and Gill sans italic.

Eric Gill became a sculptor, graphic artist and type designer, and the Gill Sans typeface takes an inspiration and influence by Edward Johnston who created the London Underground typeface.

Gill sans font was released through the Monotype Corporation in 1928. During that time there was also some similar fonts that where produced such as Futura, Erbar and Kabel which are a San Serif fonts.

San Serif fonts are classified of having a small features at the end of the stroke. However, a slight serif is evident in Gill’s lower case and uppercase letters. This is what allows for this font to be a hybrid font incorporating classical versions of Roman Type.

Gill Sans font as been used in the Great Britain for all around the street signs in the United Kingdom such as posters, advertisement, magazines, books, logos and Gill Sans is also featured as the Title for Wine and Dine Magazine (Ultra Bold) and the BBC world news.

The font is more used for all the street signs in the United Kingdom as . The font was practically adopted by the U.K. as the type of the mid 19th century.

Chosen font

Today we are going through the new brief and we need to start doing our research for a short time.

We been given a specific typeface and I have to specify the “Gil Sans” typeface by Eric Gill, 1928.

Gill Sans has also different character as Gill Sans Light, Gill Sans Light Italic, Gill Sans Regular, Gill Sans Regular, Gill Sans Italic, Gill Sans Bold and Gill Sans Bold Italic.