• Gill Sans’ Alternatives


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    Riccardo Sartori

    Posted

    Among the most recent ones, I would perhaps add Frere-Jones’ Mallory.

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    Fournier

    Posted

    ¶ Thank you for your input. Mallory fits in.

    ¶ I wonder how do you see Antique Olive and Eras compared to Gill Sans?

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    Fournier

    Posted

    ¶ It's obvious the proportions and the leanings of these three typefaces are far away. Thanks for the comparison.

    ¶ Why do you think Gill Kayo should have remained a separate typeface?

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    Riccardo Sartori

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    7 hours ago, Fournier said:

    Why do you think Gill Kayo should have remained a separate typeface?

    Because it comes from a very different design perspective from Gill Sans, and its renaming as “Gill Sans Ultra Bold” was just a commercial move.

    Gill_Kayo.png

    (source: Wikipedia)

     

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    Riccardo Sartori

    Posted

    Speaking of design perspective, a possibly appropriate addition to the list could be K-Type’s Keep Calm.

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    Fournier

    Posted

    Your new reference is spot on! Keep Calm has the general orientation of Gill Sans but with a slightly more geometric bent attached to it. I downloaded the free version. Thanks again.

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    R::bert

    Posted

    And again some more if you like:

    FF Yoga

    Metric

    Edward

    Halifax

    FF Basic Gothic

     

    And perhaps these if you allow a wider range:

    Komet

    Today Sans

    Freight Sans

    FF Milo

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    Fournier

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    ¶ I see a lot of Neo-Humanist Sans—for FF Yoga: you mean FF Yoga Sans, by the way, which is a good alternative that fits in the category. Identifont mentions part of your selection (FF Milo, Today Sans):

    http://www.identifont.com/find?similar=Gill+Sans&q=Go

    ¶ I'm not sure about “all” the typefaces as a blatant link to Gill Sans.

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    R::bert

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    Yes, as I said: »wider range«.

    ; )

    I guess the tricky part of creating these lists is to find a good balance between lookalikes and some fresh typefaces as a kind of innovation and »real« alternative. So Mrs Eaves for example has really surprised me in your list, but in a positive way – it seems to make sense – like Mallory that is not so obvious too.

    : )

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