An Essay on Typography was first published in 1931, instantly recognized as a classic, and has long been unavailable. It represents Gill at his best opinionated, fustian, and consistently humane. It is his only major work on typography and remains indispensable for anyone interested in the art of letter forms and the presentation of graphic information.
This manifesto, however, is not only about letters their form, fit, and function but also about man’s role in an industrial society. As Gill wrote later, it was his chief object “to describe two worlds that of industrialism and that of the human workman & to define their limits.”
His thinking about type is still provocative. Here are the seeds of modern advertising unjustified lines, tight word and letter spacing, ample leading. Here, too, is vintage Gill, as polemical as he is practical, as much concerned about the soul of man as the work of man; as much obsessed by the ends as by the means.
The typeface is introduced by itself, but here is how he describe it:
“Conceived as an exploration of geometrical typedesigns of the early 20th century, Canaro developed into a font of that period with a modern streak. The lack of spurs provide a unique but unobtrusive appearance and support the contemporary character. In addition, the open shapes in combination with a tall x-height, create legibility in small text sizes. Typographic features like alternative lettershapes, ligatures, oldstyle numbers, arrows, fractions, special characters and many more, round up the whole family. Canaro is available in nine weights plus matching italics. Ranging from sharp and elegant thinner cuts to sporty and athletic heavy weights.”
In this talk, Paulina Reyes explores the importance of allowing your personal experience, relationships, individual passions, childhood memories, hobbies, journals and artistic expressions to seep into your work.
In this past year, I’ve published some interesting books and items related to typography, this is a recap of some of the best featured here on betype. In case you regretted not had given any christmas gift to your Graphic designer friend, the new year eve is another chance to vindicate yourself.