Overpass (typeface)

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Overpass
Overpass sample image.png
CategorySans-serif
ClassificationMixed
Designer(s)Delve Withrington, Dave Bailey and Thomas Jockin
FoundryDelve Fonts
Date released28 August 2015
LicenseSIL Open Font License
Websiteoverpassfont.org

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.[1]

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.[2][3][4] Red Hat commissioned the family as a freely redistributable alternative since it does not own all rights to Interstate. It continues to use Interstate, a much larger font family, on printed material.[5]

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.[6]

See also[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Overpass". Tumblr. Delve Fonts. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  2. ^ "Red Hat releases free/libre Overpass font family". libregraphicsworld.org.
  3. ^ "Red Hat veröffentlicht freie Schriftfamilie »Overpass«". Pro-Linux (in German).
  4. ^ "This month in typography". i love typography. Retrieved 6 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Typography". Red Hat. Retrieved 11 January 2016. 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.
  6. ^ Withrington, Delve. "A sneak peek at a new, more versatile 8 weight line-up for Overpass currently in progress". Twitter. Delve Fonts. Retrieved 28 March 2016.

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