Roadgeek Fonts

Roadgeek Fonts

Updated 1 January 2008

License information for the Roadgeek 2005 fonts is here. Short version — they’re free for recreational or hobby use (e.g. development of roadgeek websites, amateur comedic Photoshopping of pictures, etc.).   If you’re doing actual sign-creation, commercial logo design, or mass publication, please use the the official versions of the fonts.

The Roadgeek 2005 font family is currently up of 48 fonts (click the graphics to download):



Series B-F

Roadgeek 2005 Series B, C, D, E, EM, and F are intended to approximate the traditional FHWA highway gothic fonts

Series 1B-6B

Roadgeek 2005 Series 1B, 2B, 3B, 4B, 5B, and 6B are intended to approximate the new Series 1B-6B fonts, intended for use in dark text on light background scenarios

Series 1W-6W

Roadgeek 2005 Series 1W, 2W, 3W, 4W, 5W, 5WR, and 6W are intended to approximate the new Series 1W-6W fonts, intended for use in light text on dark background situations.

Blend B1B-F6B
Blend B1W-F6W
 

A few folks think the numerals in the new fonts don’t look that good, and there have been recommendations to use numerals from the classic gothic fonts. To make life a little easier, I’ve created a set of “blended” fonts to do just that

Print B1B-F6B

If you’ve ever considered using highway sign fonts in a normal document, you may have noticed that the spacing was a bit…generous.   Roadgeek 2005 Print B1B through F6B take the equivalent blended fonts, and condense the spacing a bit, for potential print document uses.

Parks

Roadgeek 2005 Old Parks and New Parks fonts are intended to approximate the fonts used by the National Park Service on their highway signs.

Transport

Roadgeek Transport Medium & Transport Heavy are intended to approximate the fonts used on British highway signs

German

Roadgeek 2005 Engschrift and Mittelschrift approximate German road sign fonts.

icons

Roadgeek 2005 Arrows 1 &2, Icons, and Signbacks provide much of the iconography used in the MUTCD.

complete

And, if you’re such a roadgeek that you need all of these fonts, I’ve bundled them up into one package.

I was going to expand the Roadgeek 2005 collection to include additional, primarily recreation-oriented icons. However, a bit of web-searching turned up the fact that the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources already has a font that does just that. Rather than duplicate their work, I figured that I’d just link to it instead.

I’m also keeping the older Roadgeek 2000 fonts up online. Although you should really consider using the 2005 series rather than the 2000 series, some roadgeek websites still use the 2000 fonts.

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51 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Richard Massey // 22 Jan 2007 at 12:41 am

    this is all good, but where are the polish highway signs?

  • 2 Jurycom // 31 Jan 2007 at 1:59 am

    Mike, Thanks for the effort of putting these resources together. Good deed!

    As to the prior question by Richard Massey, the Polish highway signs and fonts can be found at the following link:

    http://www.clickhereandfindthepolishhighwayfontyouunthankfulgeek.html

  • 3 Darren // 3 Feb 2007 at 2:19 pm

    Have you anything to match “Interstate Mono” , the monospaced fixed-width version from the “Font Bureau” foundry?

    I couldnt find it at http://www.clickandgetthemonoversionofroadgeek.com

  • 4 Wanted // 7 Jul 2007 at 11:43 am

    Thanks for developing this package, Mike!

  • 5 Jeff // 11 Jul 2007 at 1:57 pm

    The alignment isn’t quite right on the Clearview fonts.

  • 6 CA // 14 Jul 2007 at 7:05 am

    Fantastic job. It looks perfect. There’s only one question. I think I’m missing where the interstate shield icon is. I found the US highway one, but not the interstate. I know it must be obvious, but I’m apparently dense. :)

  • 7 Lukasz // 12 Aug 2007 at 11:36 am

    I am looking for the Polish Highway font, the link provided by Jurycom doesn’t work. Does anybody have this font, or know where to find it?
    Thanks

  • 8 Joe // 12 Aug 2007 at 8:06 pm

    Appreciate all the work you’ve done for the Roadgeek Fonts. There is a big article about fonts and graphic design - i.e. Clearview in today’s New York Times Magazine (8/12/2007). Whew! I’m not the only one facinated by font designs. Thanks again.

    Joe
    California

  • 9 Gabe // 14 Aug 2007 at 4:32 am

    You’ve done a nice job. Not bad compared to the originals (http://clearviewhwy.com/TypefaceDisplay/). I like the price, too. :D

  • 10 jate // 15 Aug 2007 at 9:12 am

    cool type!!!

  • 11 fxfx // 16 Aug 2007 at 3:51 am

    Thank you! Very cool indeed & I’ll be using the font on my wedding card.

  • 12 ben // 19 Aug 2007 at 1:56 pm

    which is the one closest to clearview?

  • 13 MikeTheActuary // 19 Aug 2007 at 2:15 pm

    1B-6B and 1W-6W are intended to be close to the new fonts.

  • 14 su // 22 Aug 2007 at 6:39 pm

    Are they all PC?

  • 15 MikeTheActuary // 22 Aug 2007 at 8:07 pm

    They’re all TrueType

  • 16 Matt // 6 Sep 2007 at 10:58 am

    Where can I purchase the up to date highway fonts for commercial use? The one I looked threw at -http://clearviewhwy.com/TypefaceDisplay/ is $795.00 ~Cack!!~ (Choking on my pop.)

    Is there anything cheaper?

    Thanks in advance,
    Matt

  • 17 MikeTheActuary // 6 Sep 2007 at 8:50 pm

    For Clearview fonts, I’m not aware of anything cheaper and available for commercial use, unfortunately. (The Roadgeek 2005 fonts are limited to non-commercial use, to avoid infringing on their turf and to avoid my liability if the fonts aren’t quite up to spec.)

    An alternative would be to do what I did — scrounge up some old font software, trace the fonts, and build a new set of TTF files. Assuming you’re in the US, it’s legal under copyright law to trace fonts.

  • 18 Farish Ali // 30 Sep 2007 at 11:51 pm

    This is the fonts

  • 19 willy // 24 Oct 2007 at 7:55 am

    Bien, Gracias por estas fuentes, en verdad no son para uso comercial, pero son de gran ayuda para los dise�adores… espero encontrar la manera de hacer el tipo de letra… alguien puede ayudarme?
    Gracias
    willy
    ecuador

  • 20 Ryan Burgess // 21 Nov 2007 at 11:31 pm

    Mike,

    Thank you for your hard work on these fonts. They do an excellent job on the 3D custom signs I create for the computer game ‘SimCity 4′.

    Thanks again,

    Ryan
    Western New York, USA

  • 21 girl // 18 Dec 2007 at 5:54 pm

    Radiohead HEARTS Roadgeek:

    in rainbows

  • 22 error // 4 Jan 2008 at 6:23 am

    Radiohead artwork/graphic designer Stanley Donwood used Roadgeek 2005 Engschrift and Mittelschrift for the In Rainbows booklets. Checked the font info for the Digital Booklet (included with the iTunes Store release): http://img413.imageshack.us/img413/5747/fontsst9.png

    Not really recreational or hobby use is it? :)

  • 23 MikeTheActuary // 4 Jan 2008 at 11:37 pm

    Yep. Someone didn’t read the license.

    It’s kind of cool, but now I get to have fun tracking down a contact name/address.

  • 24 Andrea Bergamini // 8 Jan 2008 at 9:21 am

    Great job!

    I am working on a thesis project that involves the re-design of the font used on Italian road signs (which right now is a badly modified version of Kinneir’s Transport), and i find your sets of a lot of help for me, especially for before/after layouts!!

    Best compliments from Italy then!
    :)

  • 25 Guto // 10 Jan 2008 at 8:46 pm

    Wow… Good work… I always needed these fonts for my works…

    Thanks a lot

  • 26 Dave // 19 Jan 2008 at 11:32 pm

    What about the 1977 version of the FHWA fonts? We still use those over here in BC. I sent you SVG samples of those fonts, but you haven’t made them into fonts yet.

  • 27 Faucher // 16 Feb 2008 at 11:55 am

    A very big thank you from Montreal, Quebec where fhwa font have been adapted. Still Roadgeek fits perfectly and “does the effect”, very workable.

  • 28 Cory // 4 Apr 2008 at 8:29 pm

    I have some good and bad news� the good news is that you wouldn’t get in trouble for using these commercially anywhere, as the US is the only country in this region whose copyright office does not recognise intellectual property in typefaces, and thus will not copyright them:

    http://snipurl.com/23ims (snipped for your convenience)

    The bad news is that the Roadgeek fonts also aren’t protected under copyright. So you aren’t liable if the fonts aren’t up to specifications, as that’s the problem of the person using the font, and you wouldn’t get in trouble for approximating these fonts in any way.

  • 29 Sukjaras // 7 Apr 2008 at 8:18 am

    Thank You Very Much! Man.
    I’m working on my Thesis about Traffic Sign Development in Thailand. And I have a problem with these font, because I choose US and UK traffic sign system in case study and I can’t find them anywhere. Well, Thanks again. You are the one who help me greduate.

  • 30 Cory // 7 Apr 2008 at 7:38 pm

    I bought the exact UK fonts for $40 (not sure how many baht that is), pretty cheap for road sign fonts� but URW has good prices. US ones are very expensive, though (but a good Usenet search digs up Clearview).

  • 31 Joe // 24 Apr 2008 at 6:58 am

    I installed Roadgeeks 2005 fonts. I use Inkscape to create SVGs. Inkscape does not work with the Roadgeek fonts. Inkscape will use other installed fonts. Other programs use Roadgeeks fonts just fine. Why would this happen? How can I fix it?

  • 32 John // 30 Apr 2008 at 8:44 pm

    Very nice….i use the Roadgeek D fonts in my worksite doing papers and whatnot in my human service job….and so far, nobody has complained about the ‘odd text’ compared to the traditional fonts used in the workplace (Times New Roman and Arial)….i like it because the paper is actually easier for me to read than traditional fonts…

    Now, can SOMEBODY somewhere dig up the Series A? I have an INDIANA 912 sign where the 912 is Series A font and i would like the whole batch!

  • 33 Paul0075 // 7 May 2008 at 11:45 am

    Hi!

    I am also having the same issues as Joe (24 Apr 08) with using Roadgeek Fonts under Inkscape and Gimp. Any suggestions?

    Paul

  • 34 Paul0075 // 7 May 2008 at 12:48 pm

    Hi again!

    I have solved the font display issue for Inkscape and Gimp, it’s not a font problem it’s a configuration issue for those of us who use X11 to run the 2 programs. Takes a fair bit of tinkering but works well.

    Paul

  • 35 Andy Jones // 21 May 2008 at 6:07 pm

    These are fantastic! I’m planning to use them to letter models of old-fashioned railway wagons � your fonts are the only ones I’ve found anywhere with the right sort of proportions and the necessary simplicity of shape. Plus, of course, if I ever need road signs…

    Many, many thanks! You’ve done a great job.

  • 36 BERNARD LELO // 20 Jun 2008 at 12:02 pm

    THANKS FOR THIS FONTS THEY REALY HELP ME IN DRAWING MY ROAD SIGNS

  • 37 Eric // 31 Jul 2008 at 12:13 pm

    Actually, the Park Service signs are “Clarendon Black.” The graphic is showing Palantino or a derivitive of it.

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  • 39 Joey Zee // 23 Aug 2008 at 11:22 am

    Cool site! Keep up the good service.

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  • 41 Gazzer // 17 Sep 2008 at 9:11 pm

    Can anyone tell me what font is used on New York City road signs, the iconic Wall St etc? Thanks.

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  • 44 Ties // 3 Jan 2009 at 10:59 am

    Thanks a lot for these fonts!
    I have one question: are these fonts also available as TrueType-fonts?

  • 45 Ties // 3 Jan 2009 at 11:04 am

    O, o, o. I’m so stupid. I already see the TrueType-downloads.
    Excuse me.

  • 46 Wimpie25 // 15 Jan 2009 at 6:40 am

    Does anyone know where I can find free version of the Belgian highway-font?
    It’s called SNV.

  • 47 Daryl // 20 Feb 2009 at 12:14 pm

    Regarding the blend font: I’ve noticed that Big Green Signs I’ve seen in Texas and Arkansas use Clearview for text, exit numbers, and mileage, but still use the FHW numerals for route number shields, even on the same green signs.

  • 48 Maggie // 12 Mar 2009 at 4:25 pm

    I’m looking for a font that approximates 1960’s styles of Italian Street signs.
    Its surprisingly hard to search for “Italian” and get anything modern.
    The fonts used have no serifs and the letters are spaced quite widely apart.
    Dutch Street sign fonts would be good also.
    Anybody know of any good resources?

  • 49 aaron miller // 3 Apr 2009 at 12:32 pm

    thanks for the effort!

  • 50 eissa // 8 Apr 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Thank you dear.

  • 51 Philip // 17 May 2009 at 5:31 pm

    so i clicked on every single image and THEN saw the COMPLETE version. HAHA!

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