Review Week: Eric Gill Series Exhibition

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I was given a brief called “Eric Gill Series Exhibition” and told to go an exhibition at Brick Lane’s Old Truman Brewery. This exhibition is created by design company called Monotype, this event was to release a new version of typefaces that type designer Eric Gill has created. The point of the task is to think about typography and terminologies.

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I got inside the gallery and I was greet with load music with walls and panels covered with typefaces and information. There were table top displays, all lined up with works from Eric Gill and a few other works. I picked up a newsletter and looked into it. The newsletter consisted of information about the event, the typeface being promoted and the designers that are leading the exhibition. It also had few images of Eric Gill’s work with his history with Monotype company.

The Eric Gill Series is a collection of 77 fonts in three families: Gill Sans Nova, Joanna Nova and Joanna Sans Nova

All the typefaces are derived from the original work of the influential British artist Eric Gill (1882-1940), acclaimed in his lifetime as sculptor, letter-cutter and type designer. 

This is an unprecedented development for Monotype. The type giant has released and revived many type families in recent years, but this series of three families demanded a new approach. These are contemporary digital typefaces – with a wide range of weights, alternate characters and extended language support – that pay homage to Gill’s original designs, The project required intensive research, refinement and collaboration by for designers – Steve Matteson, George Ryan, Ben Jones and Terrance Weinzierl working across different continents and time zones. 

The typefaces of today have to perform heroic tasks, in places never envisaged by Eric Gill and The Monotype designers of the 1920s and 30s – from mobile devices to giant billboards; from hefty fashion catalogues to e-readers and digital printing.

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Out of all the pieces, I really liked this in particular because it was interactive. Anyone can remove letters and place them anywhere on the wall, creating a word or sentence. All the letters were from different typefaces and once each letters from different typeface come together, it gives a sense of character and life to the word.

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Looking throughout the displays, it has made me more interested in typography and looking forward for the workshop based on the topic.

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The images below are just photos that I’ve taken from the exhibition. I just took a lot of photographs because I couldn’t pick out just the one typography that I really love so I just taken the one I thought were amazing who is all of them. Looking at these typefaces, you can see how each typeface carry a personality.

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