This website chronicles the development of the Clearview Typeface System by Meeker & Associates, Inc. and Terminal Design, Inc., and independently studied by various university transportation research centers around the country.
The Clearview typefaces received Interim Approval (IA-5) for use in positive contrast applications by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) on September 25, 2004. The Interim Approval reinstated by FHWA on March 28, 2018 following a review by FHWA of current research data, comments from state highway officials and use concerns not applicable to IA-5.
ClearviewHWY® is the font software produced by the design team that developed Clearview. This font is identical to the Clearview displayed in the Standard Highway Signs book (2004), however as font software ClearviewHWY contains kerning data in addition to approved letterspacing in default mode. It is compatible with all industry standard computer operating systems and sign manufacturing software.
Designed to aid the older driver. Clearview reduces glare, increases reaction time and aids drivers with lower visual acuity.
Performance & Public Safety
Clearview out-performs FHWA E-Modified and all mid-weight fonts used for traffic signs. Extending legibility can add the second that saves a life.
Proportion based systems simplify design and enhances consistency. Clearview reduces need to create larger signs to aid older drivers.
Support, Collaboration & Recognition
Recognition comes in many ways: from motorists, traffic engineers, by peer review and in the public press.