Q:Could you do a discussion of font choice. Examples of good, bad, cool & unusual. Maybe even your top 5 or 10.
I actually dealt pretty comprehensively with type in transit maps in a series early last year:
- Grotesque sans serif typefaces
- Geometric sans serif typefaces
- Humanist sans serif typefaces
- Other typestyles
If I had to pick some favourites, I’d probably have to go with DIN, Frutiger, Myriad Pro (if only for the variety of widths it comes in), FF Meta (in its lighter weights) and Source Sans Pro, an open-source, free-to-use typeface from Adobe. Helvetica, although much-used, actually has some legibility issues at smaller sizes that make it somewhat unsuited for this use.
In general, the best typefaces for transit maps and wayfinding are clear and legible, with good differentiation between similar characters. A good test is to see if “1”, “l” and “I” look different to each other (that’s a numeral “one”, a lower-case “L” and a capital “i”, if you can’t tell them apart).
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