Overpass (typeface)

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Designer(s)Delve Withrington, Dave Bailey and Thomas Jockin
FoundryDelve Fonts
Date releasedAugust 28, 2015
LicenseSIL Open Font License
Latest release version4.0[1]
Latest release dateSeptember 10, 2021[2]

Overpass is a digital typeface, based on the FHWA Series Highway Gothic signage alphabets drawn for the United States Federal Highway Administration. It was designed by Delve Withrington with Dave Bailey and Thomas Jockin.[3]

It was commissioned by the software company Red Hat as a freely usable replacement for Interstate, another Highway Gothic adaptation, which is used by Red Hat as its corporate typeface.[4][5][6] Red Hat commissioned the family as a freely redistributable alternative since it does not own all rights to Interstate.[7]

Overpass currently is released with eight weights and obliques, as well as a monospaced font companion. Originally released in four weights, an expanded version was released in 2016.[8]

In 2021 the font was rebuilt and improved by Aaron Bell and Michael Luton with new font weights and Cyrillic characters: latest release version: 4.0 (latest related release date: September 10, 2021).[9]

See also[edit]

  • IBM Plex - the open-source corporate font family of IBM


  1. ^ Added new font weights and Cyrillic characters. See: https://github.com/RedHatOfficial/Overpass
  2. ^ "Overpass". GitHub. May 24, 2022.
  3. ^ "Overpass". Tumblr. Delve Fonts. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  4. ^ "Red Hat releases free/libre Overpass font family". libregraphicsworld.org.
  5. ^ "Red Hat veröffentlicht freie Schriftfamilie "Overpass"". Pro-Linux (in German).
  6. ^ Julien, Alec (September 21, 2015). "This month in typography". i love typography. Retrieved August 6, 2016.
  7. ^ "Typography". Red Hat. Archived from the original on April 24, 2019. Retrieved August 19, 2023. Interstate is our corporate typeface. It's part of a large and versatile type family, which allows us to speak in many voices—from big and bold to calm and confident. Interstate looks best in print and when used for big headlines. We use it for all printed material, like collateral and stationery; for advertising, like printed ads and web banners; and anywhere text is embedded in an image, like diagrams and videos. Interstate is a commercial typeface, and you must buy a license to use it…Overpass is an open-licensed alternative to Interstate that is specifically for use on-screen and in our software.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  8. ^ Withrington, Delve. "A sneak peek at a new, more versatile 8 weight line-up for Overpass currently in progress". Twitter. Delve Fonts. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  9. ^ https://fonts.google.com/specimen/Overpass#about and https://github.com/RedHatOfficial/Overpass

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