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Bunyan ProDesigners: Eric Gill, Patrick Griffin, Bill Troop
Publisher: Canada Type
Bunyan Pro was created by Eric Gill, Patrick Griffin, Expense Troop and published by Canada Type. Bunyan Pro contains 6 designs and household plan choices. p > Bunyan Pro is the synthesis of Bunyan, the last face Eric Gill created for hand setting in 1934 and Pilgrim, the machine face based on it, issued by British Linotype in the early 1950s - the most popular Gill text face in Britain from its release until well into the 1980s.

Gill's last face does not date itself anywhere near as obviously as Gill's other serif deals with, which were all actually items of their time, greatly affected by the richly ornamental and continuously changing aesthetic patterns of the interwar period. When compared to Gill's previous work, Bunyan appears like a revolution in the way he believed and drew. It's as if he was brushing off all heavy burden of what was popular, and going back to the fundamentals of older standards. Bunyan had no bells and whistles, doesn't run the risk of performance with contrasts that are expensive or too low, and didn't venture far outside the comfortable oldstyle rhythm Gill matured with. By interbellum standards, this was utter austerity, a veritable denial of deco excess. Remarkably, even without all the cloying trivialities, Bunyan still stood indisputably as a visually pleasing, space saving style that could have been made just by Eric Gill.

Bunyan Pro can be found in three weights and their italics. The primary typeface is intended for usage in between 8 and 14 points. The medium and the bold are great for emphasis but also have great benefit in bigger sizes, so can make efficient display types too. All six typefaces consist of small caps, ligatures, alternates, six sets of figures, and three initial Gill manicules. We attempted to keep the best functions of the handset (Bunyan) and device (Pilgrim) versions while developing a text face that can function in today's immersive reading media. Picking which useful letterpress features to protect for aesthetic significance was hell on our eyeballs - which lead to complex and painstaking ways of ironing out abnormalities and inconsistencies associated with metal technologies, in order to provide something with authenticity. The result is a distinct typeface based on a Gill style that, to a much greater level than any of his other faces, works well as a text face that can be used for whole books and magazines.

For more info on Bunyan Pro's character set, functions, development process and some print tests, please consult the PDF in the gallery area of this page.

Font Family:
· Bunyan Pro Regular
· Bunyan Pro Italic
· Bunyan Pro Medium
· Bunyan Pro Medium Italic
· Bunyan Pro Bold
· Bunyan Pro Bold Italic

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