What is the font of Los angeles freeway signs?

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by bob2131, May 31, 2009.

  1. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2008
    hi, the font of california road signs, in particular of los angeles.

    Anybody know what font this is?

    Or are there diff ones?


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  2. macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2005
    The US. Federal Highway System designed a universal font for all highway signage in the 1940's. Tobias-Frere Jones designed an updated variation for commercial use.

    I agree that it's a pretty font, too.
  3. Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    The lower case 's' doesn't quite match but the truncated descender on the 'g' makes me think of the info on this page. At the bottom, you'll find some links.

    There's also a Larabie font called Blue Highway which might do the trick.

    Edit: Tip to iMacZealot for getting there first. ;)
  4. thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2008
    i love this board i love this board i love this board

    thankyou soooooo much for a speedy reply..

    so FHWA is the "official" correct typeface.
    Tobias Interstate is an off-shoot of the the above, with a bit of variation.
    And blue highway....is a free.... very similar typeface?

    So any of these would do?

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