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Conceptual Applications
 
Up to this point, the ClearviewHwy development and research has been focused on guide signs and the typographic display of destination names in mixed case. Because ClearviewHwy mixed case tested more effective than all uppercase FHWA Standard Alphabet legends, it is recommended that use of ClearviewHwy be explored for regulatory, warning, work zone, and motorist services signing as well as guide signs. With many regulatory signs having similar appearance, but different content, the variation in word pattern may prove to aid overall legibility and understanding. This may not be a one-for-one change out and as stated in the original intent of the project, with some type sizes in the Standard Highway Signs book enlarged or reduced based on application. It would be ideal if the multitude of panel sizes could be reduced to a finite series of sizes for commonly used regulatory signs. This process could reduce cost, provide more modularity to the system, and improve the visual ordering of sign assemblies that include multiple panels. This would necessitate a comprehensive analysis of reading and reaction time requirements for each type of sign as well as a careful determination of optimal panel sizes for urban applications where use of the smallest possible size sign is important.

With the development of a comprehensive family of weights for both positive and negative contrast within the ClearviewHwy Type System, it is quite possible that improvements in legibility and ease of understanding could be realized for regulatory, warning, work zone, and motorist services signing. To illustrate the options, a small, but representative sample of signs are shown below in both the current format as specified in the 2000 Standard Highway Signs book, and with ClearviewHwy type in a selective use of mixed case. These are shown as a concept, and are not intended for application.

 
 

Highway Guide Sign

Typeface: Destination Legend:
FHWA Standard Alphabet Series E-modified

Cardinal Direction:
Highway Gothic Series E

Highway Guide Sign

Typeface: Destination Legend:
ClearviewHwy 5-W replaces FHWA Standard Alphabet Series E-modified

Cardinal Direction:
ClearviewHwy 4-W replaces FHWA Standard Alphabet

Trailblazer Assembly

Typeface:
"Cardinal Direction" FHWA Standard Alphabet Series C Assembly based on individual panels attached to structure members

Trailblazer Assembly

Typeface:
ClearviewHwy 4-W replaces FHWA Standard Alphabet Series C Modular panels affixed to standard backing panel to create consistently sized field and common structural backing

Work Zone Sign

Typeface:
FHWA Standard Alphabet Series C

Work Zone Sign

Typeface:
ClearviewHwy 3-B replaces FHWA Standard Alphabet Series C for "Road Work" and numeral "5", ClearviewHwy 2-B replaces "NEXT" and "MILES"

Warning Sign

Typeface:
FHWA Standard Alphabet Series C
"LANE ENDS"
Highway Gothic Series D
"MERGE RIGHT"

Warning Sign

Typeface:
ClearviewHwy 2-B replaces FHWA Standard Alphabet Series C "LANE ENDS",

ClearviewHwy 3-B replaces FHWA Standard Alphabet Series D "MERGE RIGHT"

Motorist Service Sign

Typeface:
FHWA Standard Alphabet Series D

Motorist Service Sign

Typeface:
ClearviewHwy 4-W replaces FHWA Standard Alphabet Series D for all. "MILES" has been reduced to create chunking of information

Regulatory Sign

Typeface:
"Cardinal Direction" FHWA Standard Alphabet Series C Assembly based on individual panels attached to structure members

Regulatory Sign

Typeface:
ClearviewHwy 3-B replaces FHWA Standard Alphabet Series D

Regulatory Sign

Typeface:
FHWA Standard Alphabet Series D.

Regulatory Sign

Typeface:
ClearviewHwy 3-B replaces FHWA Standard Alphabet Series D