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quintessential UK 1920s-80s typeface suggestions?
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Hello…
I appreciate that it's a very varied period, but I'm looking for typefaces that are evocative of the UK in the 20th century (specifically fashion) from 1920-80. Any thoughts welcome. thank you.

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Gill Sans.

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Check out House Industries Chalet series, specifically London 1960, London 1970 and London 1980, for a retro-inspired series of typefaces:
http://www.houseind.com/fonts/chalet

Another good resource is www.fontsinuse.com, which breaks out type use by industry (including fashion). Sadly, not all samples are dated and the search function beyond the main categories is a bit clunky, but it may prove useful--and amusing.

Also good (collection is grouped by decades):
http://www.advertisingarchives.co.uk/en/page/show_home_page.html

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One more resource, a website that catalogs the work of influential UK designer Alan Fletcher, the former Pentagram partner who was active from the 1950s to the 2000s.

http://www.alanfletcherarchive.com/archive/era

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lovely suggestions, thank you.

is it silly that I don't like using Gill Sans because I don't like what he was like as a person?

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I'm not sure if it's silly or not, but I won't use Gill Sans (which, visually, I quite like) for the same reason. I don't care to have my work associated with Eric Gill, if only in my own mind.

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photosynthesize, the debate about whether art can and should be considered separate from the artist exists in most media (I've debated it mostly in the world of fine art). I don't think it's silly at all.

Nor do I have a definitive pronouncement on the subject. Short of supporting an artist's ongoing and active malfeasance, I think people can and should decide for themselves whether to appreciate the art on its own merits, and to determine their own criteria for appreciation.

If using Eric Gill's typefaces makes you uncomfortable, there are plenty of other options out there.

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For the earlier decades, and free of burden, there’s always Johnston.

And

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¶ For the 80's, anything by Neville·Brody.