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I'd like to ask:

Posted by Tito_zz on 9 November 2017 in English (English)

(Not to copy the previous one xD) What are the font of road signs in your country? In my country it is Myriad Pro. But in your fictional country, not the real!

Comment from stjur on 9 November 2017 at 15:16

If only people cared the same about their mapping quality and finding ways to improve as they care about fonts on road signs... This is upsetting me a lot-

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Comment from wangi on 9 November 2017 at 17:20

Get in the Hesperic Ocean! :)

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Comment from Litvania on 9 November 2017 at 17:28

I am a typeface aficionado. I preferto use futura, because of it's modern, clean and geometric sans look. Also, I love sans serif typfaces.

Lorava Vlcia hlava

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Comment from Ernestpcosby on 9 November 2017 at 19:25

I've largely been using Roboto in the designs I've made for street signs but part of that is the limitation of Google Docs' fonts- so either Roboto or Gill Sans

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Comment from Ernestpcosby on 9 November 2017 at 19:29

(And @stjur, to be fair, every time a new mapper posts about their mapping and asks about it, everyone shoots them down and says "don't fill up the diaries" or "my notifications" or "make a bliki" which when the few DO make a bliki most people don't tend to look at/comment anyway-

so I feel like we've actually discouraged asking questions about their work to the point that if we're not going to make it open for the User Diaries to be a good place for newer mappers to ask actual questions about mapping, we really can't complain when people aren't asking questions and improving ¯_(ツ)_/¯ )

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Comment from Litvania on 9 November 2017 at 20:32

@Stjur why do you have to be so arrogant?!

All I have seen you commenting the past few weeks are things akin to "do more mapping, otherwise no one cares."

No wonder new users are discouradged from asking questions and getting feedback when all people like you tell them is to go back to mapping.

Look, I get that OGF is about mapping, but our communication system is very confusing. To every new user the UD seems to be the most obvious place to go for help.

How about instead of telling them to go map, you respond and get them engaged in the community, maybe then they will start getting a bit more inspiration?

Sorry for being so upfront about this but your extremely arrogant comment really triggered me.

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Comment from eklas on 9 November 2017 at 21:24

I use Helvetica.

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Comment from ParAvion on 9 November 2017 at 21:46

Vodeo predominantly uses the FHWA series, modelled after the New Zealand and Australian styles. I really like the style of the type, and I'm familiar with it as well (I'm a huge roadgeek, to the point where I did two photography projects in high school on road signs, traffic lights, and power poles - and got good marks!), so it made logical sense.

Let us examine some of the signs. Wellsford College Hill Wagga Wagga

While FHWA fonts rule the road, council street signs are a different matter. National sign rules allow local councils to choose between FHWA, Transport, DIN 1451, Helvetica, Univers, Frutiger, and Gotham. Private signs like the one below for the Devonport Museum can almost go for what they like. Devonport

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Comment from andrepoiy on 9 November 2017 at 21:50

Highway Gothic

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Comment from geoboi on 9 November 2017 at 22:03

@Litvania that was totally necessary. I honestly feel that some questions I have can't be asked because some answers like the ones we see in this thread are bound to show up. I love the collaboration of this site, I just wish that the collaboration went beyond the mapping.

Getting engaged in the community will help users develop even more of a desire to map, and they will even develop their own "style" of mapping based on the users that support them.

I am actually a relatively new user, so I actually found this really helpful when I was just starting out.

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Comment from Myrcia on 9 November 2017 at 22:07

I designed some street signage for Dunwic as part of the wider graphic identity

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Comment from PortCal on 9 November 2017 at 23:43

Paroy uses Transport, the same font that is used in the British road signs too, in combination with a mix between an both American and British-styled sign design.

For street signs in cities and municipalities, it really depends on local governments what fonts are used. The only one yet is the street sign from Primrose Avenue in Trevers, which uses the Malter Sans font.

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Comment from stjur on 10 November 2017 at 00:14

@mfnowacki (Litvania)

I’m sorry if my comment „triggered“ you, I don’t see why it would sound arrogant, it just shows my deep disappointment. And now I got even more disappointed seeing how an experienced user like you responds this in such an arrogant way. I really am.

What I’m trying to say is that if you’re trying to become part of the OGF community, you have to contribute to this site first - by mapping (because that’s what OGF is for), not by writing stories on the user diaries. People come together and collaborate through mapping, not through writing diary entries. Tito_zz has mapped a few street grids and some oversized buildings, this is not the right moment to think about fonts on road signs, don’t you think?

The OGF community is the greatest community I’ve found in the entire www, too bad it’s shrinking, respectively it’s being taken over by a new, superficial generation of „mappers“. If you want to get attention through writing stories, you might wanna try Wattpad, on this website you’ll find other users interested in writing. If you’re looking for young friends with headsets, try Minecraft. If you’re looking for a boyfriend, go on Tinder or something, I don’t care, but if you’re trying to compare OGF to any of these websites, you are offending me and my work. Plus I feel very ashamed for all users who take their work on OGF very seriously (or who took it very seriously before they’ve abandoned their projects because of how superficial the new OGF community has become).

I’m going through a very rough time in my life right now, but 50% of all my depressions are still caused by new user diary entries. I spent over 1 year of every day mapping on this website and now I realized I’ve practically just wasted my time. Or did I?

Anyway, to end another useless comment where I just express my infinite disappointment, here are some fragments from a post I wrote in the „elite-team user diaries“ last month, when I was only one inch away from leaving OpenGeofiction for good:

„OpenGeofiction is not a game, it's not Minecraft, it's not Sim City or Forge of Empires, it's a way to express yourself, it's ART (well at least for me it is), it's a wonderful, sacred place, a place of refuge whenever you feel down. If there is something you don't like about the world, OGF is the place where this problem does not exist. This is what I feel could be the real purpose of OGF and I think some of you might just agree on this.“

„…the former holy world of OGF is completely desecrated... I wouldn't want to share a world map with someone who acts this way.“

Have a great night, Nowacki

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Comment from Sarepava on 10 November 2017 at 00:27

Karolia uses Segoe UI (usually demibold) for road signs.

Roundabout sign

There is a special motorway (Autoraud) symbol which consists of a stylised 'A'

Road markers

RVK-KSF generally uses Sansation Bold.

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Comment from zhenkang on 10 November 2017 at 00:48

I don't know how to design such cool oad signs. Maybe in the future I will message around with Photoshop.

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Comment from wangi on 10 November 2017 at 01:44

What, nobody is using Comic Sans, huh?

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Comment from Ernestpcosby on 10 November 2017 at 02:01

I didn't realize we were discussing the entire road sign set up XD so here's an actual picture of one of the designed motorway signs using Roboto font (Google Drawings- not sure if the font exists in other programs). The signs are mostly based on US signage, but with a white and gold color scheme inspired by some proposals I'd seen for redoing the U.S. system. I was honestly inspired a lot by Paroy's, but I've found it difficult/tedious to do that level of graphic design. I tend to just focus on the maps and trying to make it envision what's in my head

Freedemian Highway signs

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Comment from Jesus Antonio on 10 November 2017 at 02:18

iam using arial but not using it in opengeofiction. lol

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Comment from dryerlint on 10 November 2017 at 06:42

Some of these are really nicely designed! Are they just done in Photoshop and such, or is there a special program for this stuff?

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Comment from Marcello on 10 November 2017 at 09:13

I started with Photoshop, but lately work mostly in Inkscape, especially after i discovered that Inkscape has layers, too (a feature I really liked and used extensively in photoshop). Inkscape has a bit of a steep learning curve, but the more I know it, the more I like it.

[[File:Nuevo_Espiritu_Motorwaysign_1c.png|800px|center|A sample sign of the motorway system.]] This is my one and only try so far. It's crude, but i think decent for a first try. I used Inkscape's defaul sans-serif font.

Marcello.

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Comment from Sarepava on 10 November 2017 at 09:36

Inkscape is a fantastic (and free) tool for professional-looking artwork. There is a small learning curve but you can do nearly everything important with about 5 tools.

Paint.NET is also well worth looking into. It's not a vector graphics program but is intuitive (intended as a replacement for MS Paint) and powerful.

The renders I put in the other thread and elsewhere are Sketchup models rendered in Kerkythea (also freeware programs).

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