Friday, 6 February 2009

An appropriate message for the day

A lovely, simple poster, recalled here.
But what's the font?
I've been arguing the toss for a couple of days now with fellow typography nerds, and almost had it nailed as a version of Gill Sans, but on closer inspection it clearly isn't . Neither is it Johnston, nor the great P22 Underground typeface.
All I know is that the original commission for the poster stipulated that it should be in a "special and handsome typeface" to make it difficult for the enemy to counterfeit it. As such, it appears to be a 'one-off'. Some unknown graphic designer missed his or her chance to make a mark on history with 'Blenkinsop Sans' or 'Fothergill Futura'.


  1. Indeed it is. I note you have been altering your font also. I think the old fashioned variety is rather more me though, so for the time being I shall stick with it. Serifs are supposed to make blocks of text easier to read by drawing the eye along the line. I don't know how true that is, in reality.

  2. I like serifs on the page - Adobe Garamond Pro is my font of choice - but on screen I find they get a little pixelated unless you have a large point size. Or perhaps it's just me that's pixelated...

  3. I wouldn't dare say so - hic!

  4. It does make you wonder what the enemy was expected to do with a counterfeit version of the typeface? arrive on the Tube in the early hours and post up lots of "surrender now" posters for the morning communters, perhaps.

  5. Well, it's spurred me on to change me blog to something calm so maybe I'll carry on.

    At least this week; by next I might have changed my mind. (Not a lot of choice with Blogger.)

    When I recall all those lessons with a dip and scratch pen with Miss Crater trying to teach me italics,what a waste. As soon as I was able to have access to a typewriter, that was it.

    It's still two fingers of course.

    My sixth form art prize, however, was Maurice de Sausmarez 'The Dynamics of Visual Form', a classic and still available on Amazon. Decades on, I don't think that there is much that those who followed had to add.