|Eric Gill and a sketch for Gill Sans|
However, Gill’s type differed from other popular sans serif fonts, such as Futura and Univers, in its proportionality and letter characteristics, which were inspired heavily by Roman traditions and Carolingian script. These influences are visible in the two-storied lowercase “a” and “g,” as well as in proportion and vertical stroke of the lowercase “t.” Gill Sans is well known for a lack of consistency across fonts, particularly in Extra Bold, Ultra Bold, and Extra Condensed. The basic glyph shapes vary and several discrepancies are noticeable. These differences give different weights within the typeface family a distinct feel and were touted by Monotype for their versatility and usefulness.