Take a drive and you’ll see the designs that inspired Tobias Frere-Jones to draw the Interstate™ typeface family. It’s absorbed at a glance everywhere we drive. Interstate is a neo-grotesque sans serif typeface based on the signage alphabets of the U.S. Federal Highway Administration. Clean, simple and easy on the eyes, few jobs are outside the range of the Interstate family. The design lends itself particularly well to headlines and subheads in newspapers and periodicals, in addition to branding and online applications.
Created by Tobias Frere-Jones, the Interstate font family has grown since its introduction in 1993. With the assistance of Cyrus Highsmith, the Interstate typeface has been expanded into a versatile range of text and display designs that now includes 40 fonts. The Interstate typeface offers compressed, condensed and regular widths and weights that range from hairline to ultra black. Also available is a series of pi fonts featuring symbols inspired by traffic signs.
The terminals of ascending and descending strokes are cut at an angle to the stroke, and curved stroke terminals are drawn at a 90 degree angle to the stroke. Lowercase x-heights are ample and counters are open – even in the bold and bold condensed weights contributing to legibility.
In addition to its original intention for text and display copy in print, Interstate excels when used on screen. The family has been adopted by a number of large organizations in their corporate branding and marketing materials. Companies include Sainsbury’s, Southwest Airlines, Invesco Perpetual, Lamborghini, and Ernst & Young.
Licenses for desktop fonts
A typical desktop font EULA will allow you to install the font on your computer for use with authoring tools including word processors, design tools and other applications that permit font selection. Fonts can also be used for creation of print documents, static images (JPEG, TIFF, PNG) and logos. The cost of a desktop font license is determined by the number of workstations on which the font is to be used.View the desktop EULA for this family
Licenses for Fonts.com Web Fonts subscriptions
The Fonts.com Web Fonts license provides access to a selection of fonts for use on websites for use with CSS@font-face. Font delivery from our global network is available through all subscriptions – even our free plan. Some plans include the option to self-host, access to desktop fonts, and use of our FontExplorer X font manager and Typecast design application. The price of a plan is determined by its pageview allowance and other features included.View the Fonts.com Web Fonts subscription license agreement
Licenses for mobile apps
A mobile app license permits the embedding of the font into the iOS, Android or Windows RT mobile platforms. Licenses are platform-specific meaning a separate license is required for each platform the font is embedded into. Licenses remain valid for the total operating life of the app and a new license is not required to cover free updates to the app.Learn more about licenses for mobile apps
Licenses for electronic publications (eBooks)
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Server licenses authorize the installation of a font on a server that is accessed by remote users or website visitors. These licenses are commonly used by Web-based businesses providing goods that are personalized by its users such as business cards, images with captions and personalized merchandise. Users are not allowed to download the font file and the font may not be used outside the server environment. The font may not be employed for a software as a service (SaaS) application in which the service is the actual product and not the means of providing the product. Server licenses cover a set number of CPU cores on production servers (development servers are not counted) on which the font is installed. The license is valid for 1 year.Learn more about server licenses