NPS Rawlinson Roadway

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NPS Rawlinson Roadway
Font rawlinson.gif
Designer(s)James Montalbano
Commissioned byNational Park Service
Re-issuing foundriesTerminal Design
Design based onPlantin, Sabon, Garamond
Also known asNPS Rawlinson
Latest release version2.0

NPS Rawlinson Roadway is an old style serif typeface currently used on the United States National Park Service's road signs. It was created by Terminal Design to replace Clarendon. Type designer James Montalbano named the typeface after his wife's surname, as her father worked for the Forest Service.[1]

Approximately 10–15% more compact than its predecessor, the typeface was found by the Pennsylvania Transportation Institute to increase readability by 11%.

Concurrent with NPS Rawlinson Roadway, the National Park Service uses Frutiger for applications requiring a sans-serif typeface.[2]


  1. ^ Yaffa, Joshua (2007-08-12). "The Road to Clarity". The New York Times Magazine. Retrieved 2007-09-25.
  2. ^ "Why Frutiger and NPS Rawlinson?". Retrieved 2018-02-09.

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