List of public signage typefaces
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This is a list of typefaces used for signage in public areas, such as roads and airports.
- Achemine - typeface created by SNCF in 2008 to improve stations accessibility.
- Alfabeto Normale and Alfabeto Stretto - road typefaces used in Italy. Alfabeto Normale ("Normal Alphabet") is a bolder variant of the British Transport typeface. Alfabeto Stretto ("Narrow Alphabet") is a condensed version of Alfabeto Normale, and is used for long names that wouldn't fit otherwise. The typeface Traffic type Spain D, used in Spain, is identical to Alfabeto Normale.
- Antique Olive - California Department of Transportation some Mile Marker Signs
- Austria – road typeface used in Austria
- Brusseline – developed for Brussels' public transport company
- Calvert – developed for Tyne & Wear Metro, UK
- Caractères - used for road signs in France and in some countries in Africa.
- Carretera – developed for the General Directorate of Highways in Turkey
- Casey – developed by the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation for its own use
- Clarendon – used on U.S. National Park Service road signs
- Clearview – developed to replace U.S. FHWA (Federal Highway Administration) typefaces
- DIN 1451 – the German transport typeface
- Drogowskaz – the Polish transport typeface
- Esseltub – earlier used in Stockholm Metro
- Eurostile - California Department of Transportation some Regulatory Signs
- FIP signage typeface - a modified version of Helvetica Medium used by the Government of Canada
- FF Meta – used in Stockholm Metro
- FF Fago - used as official font for signage system of all Spanish railway stations owned by the state-owned administrator, ADIF.
- Freight Sans - Typeface used for signage in Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru, India.
- Frutiger – used on Swiss road signs, across the public transport network of Oslo, Norway, by the Dutch National Railways, BAA Airports in the UK, in the UK's National Health Service, and in Amtrak signage
- FHWA Series fonts – sometimes called Highway Gothic. Developed for U.S. road signage, and also used in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and New Zealand
- Futura BSK – used by Italian railways
- Gill Sans – used by British Railways until 1965. Is also the official font for all the signage system of the Spanish Government.
- Helvetica – used in the New York City Subway system, the Chicago Transit Authority system, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority system, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority system, and in the Madrid Metro; formerly used in Hong Kong's MTR and Stockholm Metro, has also been used on some Toronto Subway and RT station signage. Less commonly, the typeface has been used on street signs in the United States, most notably in some suburbs of the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area and parts of Pennsylvania.
- Helvetica Neue – used for road signs in Hong Kong
- Johnston – used by Transport for London
- LTA Identity Typeface - used by Singapore's Mass Rapid Transit
- Metrolis – custom designed font for the 1995 rebranding of Metropolitano de Lisboa, designed by the Foundry (Freda Sack and David Quay)
- Metron – created in 1973 for Prague Metro by Jiří Rathouský
- Motorway – used for motorway route numbers in the United Kingdom and Ireland
- Myriad – used on Hong Kong's Mass Transit Railway
- NPS Rawlinson – developed for the United States National Park Service as a replacement for Clarendon
- Parisine – used in the Paris Métro
- Pragmatica – used in the Saint Petersburg Metro since 2002; currently (2010—11) is being replaced by Freeset, Cyrillic variation of Frutiger
- Rail Alphabet – designed for British Rail in 1964 and still in use on parts of the UK rail network. Rail Alphabet is also still in use across the Danish rail network and its principle operator, DSB
- Rotis Semi Sans - used by its own creator, Otl Aicher, for the Metro Bilbao corporate design
- Rotis Semi Serif – used for station signs by Sound Transit
- Rotis Serif – used on highway and street signposts in Singapore.
- Ruta CL - developed for the Chilean roads.
- Sispos and Sisneg by Bo Berndal – old Swedish standard (SIS 030011, 1973) for public road signs, displays, etc.
- Standard (also known as Akzidenz-Grotesk) - sometimes seen on older New York City subway signs. Was sometimes used in place of Helvetica.
- Sweden Sans – commissioned by the Swedish government, and designed by Stefan Hattenbach with the partnership of Stockholm-based design agency Söderhavet, designed to represent "Swedishness" both abroad and at home, and aims to become default in official sites in Sweden.
- Toronto Subway Font – used by the Toronto Transit Commission in maps, publications, and most stations of the Toronto Subway and RT
- Trafikkalfabetet ("The traffic alphabet") – used for Norwegian road signs and (until 2002) motor vehicle registration plates
- Transport – developed for the British roads, also used in Portugal, Greece and other countries
- Tratex – used for road signs in Sweden
- TS Info and TS Mapa – created by the DET (Departamento de Estudios Tipográficos, Universidad Católica de Chile) for the Transantiago, the public transport network in Santiago de Chile.
- Univers – used by the Montreal Metro, San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit, Frankfurt Airport and the Walt Disney World Resort road system
- Vejtavleskrift ("Road sign typeface") – used for road signs in Denmark
- Vialog - Used in signage and all corporative communications of the state-owned Spanish Railway Operator Renfe in a custom-made version called Renfe Vialog.
- Traffic Sign Typefaces: Italy http://opentype.info/blog/2009/02/09/traffic-sign-typefaces-italy/
- "Traffic Type Spain D - Desktop font « MyFonts". Myfonts.com. 1999-02-22. Retrieved 2012-11-09.
- Joshua Yaffa (August 12, 2007). "The Road to Clarity". The New York Times.
- "4.5 Signage Typeface." FIP Manual. Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, n.d. Web. 17 August 2011. <http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/fip-pcim/man_4_5-eng.asp>.
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- "Branding Guidelines" (PDF). Amtrak. 2009-04-23. Retrieved 2012-03-07.
- http://www.rfi.it/cms/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=2e07ad846ea01210VgnVCM1000003f16f90aRCRD (Italian)
- Two Twelve Harakawa Inc.; Maestri Design Inc.; Jon Bentz Design (September 2004). "System-Wide Signage Design Manual, Second Edition" (PDF). Sound Transit. p. DS-17. Retrieved October 18, 2014.
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- … (2008-11-18). "The (Mostly) True Story of Helvetica and the New York City Subway". AIGA. Retrieved 2012-11-09.
- http://soderhavet.com/nyheter/sverige-har-fatt-ett-eget-typsnitt/ (Italian)
- http://www.trafikken.dk/wimpdoc.asp?page=document&objno=123041 (Danish) Q&A by the Danish road authority[dead link]