Arthur Eric Rowton Gill (22 February 1882 – 17 November 1940) described himself on his gravestone as a stone carver. To many who appreciated his work as a sculptor, printmaker and typeface designer he is far more than that.
Gill remains a controversial figure even today. But it is his for his work that he will be chiefly remembered. I have posted about him before and wanted to commemorate his birthday with a further post today.
Designers and typographers are very familiar with his types which include: Gill Sans (perhaps his most famous), Perpetua, Solus, Joanna, Aries, Bunyan, Pilgrim (a recut of Bunyan) and Jubilee.
The BBC adopted Gill Sans in the 90s for its famous wordmark and on-screen graphics.