T minus 13 days to ATypI Brighton 2007: TTC

The typeface on the walls of the Toronto subway – or rather, none of the typefaces on any of the walls – is Gill Sans. A common mistake, one that Paul Arthur actually made – and, though he later corrected himself (incorrectly again, as we’ll see), he wanted the entire system to be typeset in actual Gill Sans:

Sign reads St George Street Medical Arts in Gill, with yellow icons and direction indicators below also in Gill

It’s much too light for signage, and the usual difficulty of distinguishing 1, I, and l reaches its apotheosis in Gill Sans, since all those characters are a simple vertical line. Some of Paul Arthur’s drawings show a real 1, others the straight-line (also “real”) 1.

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