Oldstyle figures for Gill Sans / Humanist 521

JDL's picture

Anyone know if Gill Sans (or Bitstream's humanist 521) was ever oufitted with oldstyle figures for appropriate numerals?

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JDL's picture

Thanks Poms, was a case of finding which foundry had made oldstyle figures available in Gill/Humanist as opposed to how to utilise them as I already have poor old Quark's glyph palette taking up far too much room on my monitor!

Found the monotype release at www.fontshop.com/fonts/downloads/monotype/gill_sans_pro_book/ which may fit the bill which I'll have a look into later.

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ncaleffi's picture

Interesting - didn't know that a "Pro" version (with old style numerals and small caps) of the good old Gill Sans was available. But a question comes to mind: was the original metal typeface designed by Eric Gill and released by Monotype in late 1920s available with old style numerals? I don't think I have seen them anywhere before.

Nick Shinn's picture

I have a Scotsman calendar from the 1930s set in Gill with the oldstyle figures.
I don't have it in front of me, but I suspect that the digital oldstyle figures aren't exactly the same: the one and zero may have been "improved". But I do like the 3 and 5!

ncaleffi's picture

I had a quick look at Brinhgurst this morning and he wrote that Gill Sans old style figures were produced "privately" and not by Monotype. Martin Majoor, in his site (http://www.martinmajoor.com/6_my_philosophy.html), states that "Eric Gill never made them for his Gill Sans (although in the 1990s they were added by Monotype)". So: if neither Gill nor Monotype designed them, who made them?

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