Undeniably British Gill Sans, the sans-serif typeface first designed by Eric Gill in 1928, is a face we Brits tend to associate with things a bit closer to home. A typeface that commands authority in that tight lipped Englishman kind of way. Used by the BBC, Penguin books and now distributed freely with osx we all know the good old Gill Sans. After reading Ben Archers article “Eric Gill got it wrong; a re-evaluation of Gill Sans”, it got me thinking about a programme I saw on television about old Gilly boy. What is behind such a typeface? An artist who could lend his hand to typography we know for sure! A man who abused his daughters, had a debauched sexual lifestyle, frequently exposed himself to small girls in public and had a sexual relationship with both his sister and dog, not many people know about. Does this take away anything from the typeface? Do you view those chiesled L’s and imaculate I’s with different specatcles. It seems old Gilly boy was a very colourful character!