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West Sussex Writers; ‘Edward Johnston and London’s Typeface,’ with Gerald Fleuss
April 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm£3 – £5
Gerald Fleuss, Calligrapher and Chairman of the Edward Johnston Foundation will speak on ‘Edward Johnston and London’s Typeface’. Many authors seek guidance about the design and ‘look’ to their books and Gerald will use the example of Johnston’s development of the typeface known throughout the world for its use on the London Underground to show how important font design can be. He will build on this with his own experience of book design and calligraphy, including reference to his work on laying out family trees. Many of the principles he will be discussing will be relevant to digital design as well as print.
Edward Johnston was based with his wife and three daughters from 1912-1944 in Ditchling, Sussex, where his student Eric Gill had been living since 1907, remaining in the village when Gill moved to Wales in 1924. He is known as the father of calligraphy and his knowledge of typeface and design has continued to be a major influence on designers ever since.
Gerald will also be showing the Edward Johnston Foundation book ‘London’s Typeface: Edward Johnston’s Underground Sans’. Gerald designed the book and contributed a chapter entitled ‘Edward Johnston: Father of Modern Calligraphy’. An impressive 60ft long memorial to Edward Johnston designed by Fraser Muggeridge at Farringdon station, Elizabeth Line was unveiled by Sir Peter Hendy, Chairman Network Rail, on 29th June 2019. The book was published to commemorate the event.