Gill Sans is a sans serif typeface designed by Eric Gill in 1928. Gill Sans' forms are simple and clean while paying homage to traditional typographic values. The design of the typeface is heavily influenced by the work of his teacher Edward Johnson. Eric Gill's work as a stone cutter also influenced the design, particularly the uppercase letters. The italic is a true sans serif as opposed to a sloped roman, and was a revolutionary achievement in its time. Gill Sans has been available from Monotype since 1928.