Digitised English Grotesques


Hi everybody,

I'm trying to find some authentic (as possible) digitised versions of historical English sans serif typefaces.

Along the lines of: Caslon Sans, Figgins, Johnston etc.

I've been trawling the forums and it seems like Caslon Sans is difficult to get hold of/has a strange license (I might be wrong). The one I've seen which I really like is John Morgan's version.

I've looked at Figgins, and as beautiful as it is, it is a little 'bulky', for want of a better word, for my use.

My knowledge of type history is patchy and ill-informed at best so forgive my vagueness!

I'm looking for something along the lines of a sans serif that could have been used on an English shop from an unspecified time 'back in the day', with a bit of quirk and character.

First Draft: spurless geo-Gill


This beeing my first post:
Hello everybody!

I'm an architecture student and this is the first time I'm really dealing with typography. It's only a very basic draft supposed to show the characteristics of a font I want to create myself, as I can't seem to finde anything comparable that tries this fusion of geometric structure and "contemporary" spurless details.
If you know any existing font with these features, please tell me - there has to be one somewhere.
Anyway, please feel free to tell me, wether you think this is a project I should push further or if it is completely hopeless - architects tend to think they can do everything on their own and end up in a massive mess.

A brief review of Eric Gill: An Essay on Typography (in norwegian)

I recently read Eric Gill's An Essay on Typograhy and found it quite interesting, especially since Gill connects his thoughts on typography and his craft with his whole philosophy on life. Though it is hard to agree with this man on everything, he has some interesting ideas to wrestle with, and it is interestng to read this work 80 years down the road from when he wrote it.

So that was a short recommendation for all of you who can't read my blogpost in Norwegian here: