Eric Gill is a complex personality. On the one hand a celebrated typographer, designer, artist and sculpter. On the other a deeply religious man who committed adultery, incest and beastiality. This interactive publication explores both sides of this controversial character.
I wanted to entwine McCarthy's words with examples of Gill's work so an interactive format worked well as a medium
Inspired by Fiona McCarthy's article on Gill in The Guardian, I wanted to create an interactive publication that celebrated Gill's work but also questioned our understanding of it in light of Gill's private life.
I wanted to entwine McCarthy's words with examples of Gill's work so an interactive format worked well as a medium. As you scroll through the pages elements are uncovered, symbolising the hidden, often contradictory, aspects of Gill's character.
The publication is typeset in two of Gill's own typefaces, Joanna Italic and Gill Sans Ultra Bold. Wildly different in appearance and character, they highlight the extremes of Gill's personality. For authenticity I took inspiration from Gill's book An Essay on Typography which uses ampersands throughout and promotes the use of italic as a primary font rather than for emphasis or contrast.