Paris Street signage

anonymous's picture

Okay, I know this is probably just some random condensed sans serif, but I was curious if anyone knew what typeface is used for the blue and green street signage you see all over Paris is. You can see a photo of one here ->

A condensed Helvetica would probably do just fine, but I'm curious nonetheless.

gregorycadars's picture

I really don't know what it is and if this type had a name, but if you need informations about Paris signage, visit Jean-François Porchez website, it shows a pretty review written by John Downer about Paris street typophilia.

tsprowl's picture

there's a Highway/Street Series out somewhere. I know LA uses series E and would guess that alot of municipalities produce from that package considering its skewed and kerned specifically

Stephen Coles's picture

Tanya - That's true for the states. But European
nations use decidedly different types for their
signage. See the Traffic Type and Transport
series at URW.

nike's picture

it seems, that it could be bulldog. but i

tsprowl's picture

aha - I remark to Stephen, nifty site too.
I just surfed around abit - its bugging me too now...looks so simple. I read up about the DIN though - if most European contries are using this perhaps France got involved?

hrant's picture

That font predates MyFonts and all our asses by a large number of decades, I suspect.


hrant's picture

Speaking of Frenchie signage, there's a great little book called "Entrez" with some super photos.


Stephen Coles's picture

I don't know exactly what it is either, but if
it's as rounded as that photo suggests Elderkin
might be a nice substitute.

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