Canada Type and Rod McDonald working together for type education in Canada.


JOHN GIBSON started his career as an apprentice hand compositor in London. As part of his apprenticeship he enrolled in the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts and the London School of Printing. In 1952 John immigrated to Canada where he first worked as a display compositor at the Calgary Herald. In 1956, working as a graphic designer at Howarth & Smith Typesetting in Toronto, John became the first secretary of the Society of Typographic Designers of Canada (TDC). In 1959 he formed the Montréal group of the TDC when he moved there to open an office for Cooper & Beatty typesetters.

Returning to Toronto in 1964 he co-directed the TDC Typography 64 exhibit. With his good friend Leslie (Sam) Smart he also co-directed the Graphicanada exhibit for a show in New York. He was elected president of the TDC in 1967. After a brief stint as Director of Typography at Young & Rubicam in New York he returned to Toronto in 1971. In 1976 John was elected National President of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC).

John lectured on graphic communication at Ryerson Polytechnic University. He started a print production course with the Institute of Canadian Advertising and was later honoured by the Advertising Print Production Association with the John Gibson Scholarship Award.


Why Gibson was Created

To Honour John Gibson

John Gibson FGDC (1928–2011) one of the original founders of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC).

Help type education

All funds from the sales of Gibson go to support type education in Canada.

LICENSING awareness

Bringing awareness about licensing to students and professionals. Check out the licensing page here.



The funds are currently being distributed between these three organizations


Thank you!

The Gibson fonts would not have been possible without these people:

Rod McDonald RGD, FGDC, Type designer 

Patrick Griffin, Type designer and Producer, Canada Type

Kevin King, Producer, Canada Type

Jamie Chang, Producer, Canada Type

Gibson is reminiscent of Gotham, by H&FJ, and Museo Sans, by Exljbris, but I would say it is superior to both in many ways. It has the bold strength of Gotham, but it works way better as a body font. And it has a true italic, not just an oblique, which adds real flair and class.
— Ben Barrett-Forrest, Forrest Media