Highway Font

October 2, 2012

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On my ride back to Oneonta from home, I couldn’t help but wonder about the font seen all over the country on big green signs.  The road signs on the highway all have the same font that is a sans-serif informally known as “Highway Gothic.”  It is otherwise known as “FHWA series fonts.”  It was a typeface designed to be legible while driving at high speeds.  The typefaces originated from FHWA’s Standard Alphabets for Traffic-Control Devices, originally published in 1945 (reprinted 1952).  The designer is Ted Forbes.  Different variations of this font series are used in the U.S. and in other countries such as Canada, Brazil and many more.  This font can also be affiliated with “The Weather Channel”, The New York Mets, and The TV Guide Channel.  I find it interesting that something such as a font has become so worldwide and has remained its consistency for the most part.  

-Michelle Furman

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Highway Font

October 2, 2012

Image

On my ride back to Oneonta from home, I couldn’t help but wonder about the font seen all over the country on big green signs.  The road signs on the highway all have the same font that is a sans-serif informally known as “Highway Gothic.”  It is otherwise known as “FHWA series fonts.”  It was a typeface designed to be legible while driving at high speeds.  The typefaces originated from FHWA’s Standard Alphabets for Traffic-Control Devices, originally published in 1945 (reprinted 1952).  The designer is Ted Forbes.  Different variations of this font series are used in the U.S. and in other countries such as Canada, Brazil and many more.  This font can also be affiliated with “The Weather Channel”, The New York Mets, and The TV Guide Channel.  I find it interesting that something such as a font has become so worldwide and has remained its consistency for the most part.  

-Michelle Furman

Eights

May 9, 2011

This logo is more creative and thoughtful than many others.  The designer considered everything from positive/negative space to typography.  Each letter enables to viewer to see the “8” shape.  It gets the message across in multiple forms and makes it more memorable for the viewer. More logos with meaning behind them can be found at http://creativebits.org/logos_with_a_meaning

Coke Art Gallery

May 9, 2011

Something as simple as a bottle of soda is a Graphic Designer’s palette for their creative thoughts.  “Coca-Cola” is a very popular logo and a successful company.  With the goal to promote and encourage Graphic Design artists, Coca-cola created a gallery of various Coca-cola logo designs.  It shows all of the various ways to express yourself through design.  These design are all attractive to the viewer’s eye with the use of color, contrast, and spacing on the page.  All of these have an “explosion of energy” and strive to give the viewer a sense of enjoyment.  There is many more interesting designs at http://dzineblog.com/2008/07/coke-art.html

FigDig

April 29, 2011

At FigDig.com you are capable of creating an online portfolio at no cost.  It allows you to create a flash website and gives you different templates to choose from.  It makes it simple and breaks it down into steps. 

You simply choose your design, customize your space with different fonts and effects, and publish your website.  You can update your website at any time.

http://figdig.com/

A Nice Self Promo

April 29, 2011

I found this example of a man’s self-promotion piece that includes all of his work he has done while working with his company.  With the use of color, and intricate design he created a unique portfolio.  He incorporated the colors and shapes throughout his whole piece.  He created a consistency that let the viewer know he was organized and had a good sense of design.  The use of basic shapes, clear fonts, and simple design is a useful technique that I hope to achieve in my portfolio. 

 I found this portfolio at http://www.behance.net/gallery/Thomas-Pavitte-Portfolio-Self-Promotion-Piece/409636

Life Instructions

April 12, 2011

I thought this was a clever use of information design.  The artist took emotions and simplified them into this illustration.  They made something so complex (how to live your life) into something so basic.  Using stick figures and basic shapes, they demonstrated friendship, sadness, defeat, and happiness.  Using black and white and keeping the style consistent throughout the four graphics made it easy for the viewer to notice the relation between them.  Using the red line striking through sadness and defeat symbolizes that they are negatives, what we should not do.  These “instructions of life” are not as easy as this artists makes them seem! you can check more of these great graphics out @ http://lizhitang.wordpress.com/