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Two Types: The Faces of Britain (2017)

Typography expert Mark Ovenden looks at the two main typefaces, Johnson and Gill Sans, that are used on many signs, maps and shop-fronts.

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Chris Hardy (as Christopher Hardy)
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Complete credited cast:
Mark Ovenden Mark Ovenden ... Himself - Presenter
Mike Ashworth Mike Ashworth ... Himself - Transport for London
Catherine Dixon Catherine Dixon ... Herself - Central Saint Martin's, University of the Arts London
Andrew Johnston Andrew Johnston ... Himself - Edward Johnston's Grandson
Fiona MacCarthy Fiona MacCarthy ... Herself - Historian and Biographer
Ben Archer Ben Archer ... Himself - Senior Lecturer, De Montfort University, Leicester
Kosh Kosh ... Himself - Designer (as John Kosh)
Neville Brody Neville Brody ... Himself - Graphic Designer
Eiichi Kono Eiichi Kono ... Himself - Graphic Designer
Martin Lambie-Nairn Martin Lambie-Nairn ... Himself - Designer
David Bailey David Bailey ... Himself - Creative Director, BBC Global Experience Language
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Typography expert Mark Ovenden looks at the two main typefaces, Johnson and Gill Sans, that are used on many signs, maps and shop-fronts.

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UK

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English

Release Date:

31 July 2017 (UK) See more »

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Enjoyable but some inaccuracies
17 August 2017 | by jezzbrookesSee all my reviews

Overall, the usual BBC4 documentary quality you'd expect.

I did spot some things that made be stop and think "Hang on, that's not quite right." In particular it seemed to imply that the Waitrose logo is in Gill Sans typeface (and how middle class does that sound?!) - check out the top of the lower case letter "t" - the logo only matches Gill Sans in the Std Light variant. But more importantly, the letter "a" - no match at all. I think there was also some mix up when comparing good old printing typefaces, comparing the letters "b","d", "p"and "q" and how they can look similar and confusing.

Still an interesting documentary though.


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