Hot Wings Rants on Clearview Highway Fonts
During this morning's (2/5/16) edition of "What Hot Wings Things" he took on a topic you've likely never thought of before, the font on highway signs.
Within the last decade an untold amount of public dollars have been spent across America changing thousands of highways signs from the traditional Highway Gothic font (left above) to Clearview (right above).
The change in font was made, according to CityLab.com, as an aid to older drivers:
Clearview was made to improve upon its predecessor, a 1940s font called Highway Gothic, at a time when an aging Baby Boomer generation meant lots of older drivers on the road. Certain letters appeared to pose visibility problems, especially those with tight interstices (or internal spacing)—namely lowercase e, a, and s. At night, any of these reflective letters might appear to be a lowercase o in the glare of headlights.
By opening up these letterforms, and mixing lowercase and uppercase styles, Clearview aimed to improve how these reflective highway signs read.
Do you notice much of a change? Look at the two examples above. A small tail on the l and slightly thinner letters might be about it.
Now the Federal Highway Administration has reversed course on Clearview, and the hundreds, likely thousands, of roadway signs changed across Michigan and America should be reverted to Highway Gothic.