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If you, like me, expected this little book to provide an extended meditation on typography, you'd be disappointed.Rather, 3/4ths of Eric Gill's On Typography comprises an empty, monotonous homily on the relationship between industry and craft. I patiently waited for Gill to say something interesting, at least, about the relationship between industry and craft or, perhaps, meaningfully connect the topic into his discussion about typography, but no.In the smaller part where Gill does discuss typog...
Någonsin satt något i Gill Sans? Eric Gill. Från Brighton. Först oväntat politisk ton, som en nutida Maker Movement-Chomsky! I kommande kapitel tänker jag på Rilkes ord "I am learning to see." Till slut talar Herr Gill om det jag trodde att hela manifestet handlade om, typsnitt:"There are now about as many different varieties of letters as there are different kind of fools. I myself am responsible for designing five different sorts of sans-serif letters - each one thicker and fatter than the las...
a brief history of typography from ancient times to current days. The author did mention about the lost of art in typography and strokes because of mass production which I beg to differ.
An interesting little time capsule revealing the tension between industrialisation and the 'humane' (as Gill calls it) of the 1930s. Gill, being of the arts and crafts movement, lands on the side of the humane, but still allows for mechanical forms (he was the designer of Gill Sans, afterall). Some of these thoughts are still relevant to us of course, and his philosophical asides and general comments are fascinating. The typesetting of the book (set in Gill's own Joanna type) is a design artifac...
not quite the typographical romp i was guessing at when i decided to read it. this book was a real object of desire from the moment i saw a poster of a quote from it: IF YOU LOOK AFTER GOODNESS AND TRUTH BEAUTY WILL TAKE CARE OF ITSELF. but gill is petty, odd, a little paranoid (or maybe just realistic) about the advent of machine-generated printing, and above all exacting. most fascinating in the perspective it gives (from the 1930s forward) on the changing ways we spend our time, our changing
For a book on typography, I found this essay surprisingly badly typeset... interesting read, but I thought it was not really to the point.
Gill Sans is the official font at my workplace, and I am the person responsible for enforcing its use by all the staff. It’s a beautiful modernist font which I love seeing, second only in my heart to Futura, the story of which is fascinating!It is with that then that after months of passing by this essay in Waterstones I finally succumbed and bought it. I’ve still yet to read about the controversies of Eric Gill’s life, but one thing is clear from this essay and that is how catty and disdainful
Three-line review: Written in 1931, this extended essay explains and defends the nuances of typography in the face of industrialization. I most enjoyed the sections discussing what constitutes a letter and how letters come to be symbols that eventually become words with meaning. Unfortunately, despite my interest in the topic, I found most of the piece to be fairly boring.
If you are ever interested in how letters and laid out on a page and the history of printmaking, this classic essay is the book for you. It is very easy to read with many good illustrations from a master printer. A bit dated in spots since it was written in 1931... but still enlightening.
The more the human race is degraded by industrialism, the larger is the market for inferior articles; in order to reach a larger and still larger number of buyers you produce a lower and still lower quality of goods.
It was ok. Here was me thinking I'd get a lot of fun stuff about fonts (hey, it's how I roll), but there wasn't enough. The sections on lettering and typography were great, but outside of that it was all just a little dry.
There’s a lot of ranting and not much on the state of actual typography. Although, it does cover the art form from all angles-historically, the letters, the paper, the printers, Etc. Gill was an odd character-see Just my Type for more on that.
Some super thought provoking and entertaining stuff and some dry repetition. But definitely worth it for half of the chapters and the final one. I learned some things.
Monotonous! Probably you can skip.
Fascinating, humorous, curmudgeonly, and surprisingly insightful and wide-ranging. An intriguing little meditation on art, human creativity, and industrialism.
Interesting, short but thought provoking read. Probably important to keep in mind the time it was written.
What can I say I have never read something more boring hahaha
First section is interesting, but the actual technicalities are unsurprisingly a little more dull. (Read off a phone-screen by a lake in Southern France, at the height of the dog days.)
I’t just wow. I was so captivated with every chapter, with every first sentences starts, it’s already blew my mind.
Baffling and pedantic ravings.
Outstanding book discussing the changes in human psychology with the rise of industrialism.
This is a must-read for anyone who likes to nerd out about fonts/typography. While the author has some kooky ideas, he clearly is a master of his craft and provides food for thought. He won me over with his thoughts on justified type.
This essay book is so insightful and interesting. In my opinion, it's a Must read for graphic design students and who are interested in typography.Check out my book notes here: https://emansultan.com/deareman/2021/...
This book is about much more than typography - first published in 1931.
Gill comes off as a scold and sort of an uptight dick who doesn't understand how "industry" is a necessity for people to have the things they need, but he also is extremely thoughtful on why lettering is a vital art form. His thinking is way outdated British aristocrat hogwash but the dude knew from fonts. He has an intermittently great prose style. First line of first chapter: "Time & place must be taken into consideration in the discussion of any human affair, and this is particularly true in
A beautifully crafted book by the immensely talented Eric Gill ... explores the creation of the book, both machine-made and hand-made ... gives insights into the art of lettering, shaped by Gill's socialism and Catholicism ... including this marvelous observation: "The common problem, yours, mine, everyone's Is -- not to fancy what were fair in life Provided it could be -- but, finding first What may be, then find out how to make it fair. & the word fair can be taken in both senses -- it means
Not to be taken too seriously or blindly accepted as undisputable truth. Eric Gill (as I see it) tries to provoke reader into critical thinking by raising some rather radical and almost absurd points. The whole thing reminds me of Ornament and Crime by Adolf Loos – same thoughts, same radical views. And many of those thoughts are somehow still relevant.
Much of this book was more about morality than typography. This is Eric Gill's view of the printing and design industries as he saw them in his time. It was interesting how relevant his thoughts on proper use of type and minding the reader experience are today.
Half the book is about the merits and downfalls of industrialism. The other half is some interesting history on letterforms and how they've come to be. The book is dated language-wise, but a short read nonetheless.