Signpost on motorway A4 near Ślęza, Lower Silesian Voivodeship

Polish road signs typeface (Polish: Polskie liternictwo znaków drogowych) – geometrical typeface meant to making text on Polish road signs, according to Attachment 1 of Regulation on detailed technical conditions for road signs and signals as well as road safety devices and conditions for their placement on roads.[1] The regulation defines a construction of digits, all of the letters of Polish alphabet and the letter V (not including Q and X), and the punctuation marks: hyphen, round brackets, comma, full stop (period) and exclamation mark.

The typeface was created by Marek Sigmund, who made the project commissioned by the state authorities in 1975 as new typeface replaced the former road signage typeface resembles CA No Dr typeface,[2] while the Instruction about road signs and signals (Polish: Instrukcja o znakach i sygnałach drogowych) was being implemented. The typeface was designed in six weeks. According to the designer's assumptions, the typeface included creating text on boards by using the freehand and stencil techniques.[3][4]

Sigmund's specifications included glyphs that appear cut-off or oversized (such as the flat right edge on lowercase "e" and capital "G") and a purely geometric approach to letter design; in general, Polish signage uses large letters to ensure readability.[5]

Digitized versions

Sample of Drogowskaz typeface

There are five fonts that imitate road signs typeface. Two of them are available as non-commercial freeware and one is available as free and open source:[5]

References

  1. ^ Rozporządzenie w sprawie szczegółowych warunków technicznych dla znaków i sygnałów drogowych oraz urządzeń bezpieczeństwa ruchu drogowego i warunków ich umieszczania na drogach [Regulation on detailed technical conditions for road signs and signals as well as road safety devices and conditions for their placement on roads], Dz. U. z 2019 r. poz. 2311
  2. ^ "CA No Dr typeface". Cape Arcona Type Foundry. Retrieved 9 March 2024.
  3. ^ Misiak, Marian (2013), "Pismo Drogowe", FUTU Paper, no. 10/2013, p. 25
  4. ^ Instrukcja o znakach i sygnałach drogowych, Warszawa: Wydawnictwa Komunikacji i Łączności, 1975
  5. ^ a b Hermann, Ralf (2008), Traffic Sign Typefaces: Poland, archived from the original on 2012-07-13, retrieved 2011-06-18
  6. ^ Liternictwo Drogowe – Czcionka TTF v4.1 (in Polish), Centrum Rozwoju Explotrans S.A., 2010-06-19, archived from the original on 2012-03-25
  7. ^ Fonty PL Luc Devroye
  8. ^ W Droge from Open Source Publishing. Retrieved November 1, 2023.
  9. ^ "Sigmund Pro typeface". MyFonts. Retrieved 11 March 2024.