Typeface used for "Parks and Recreation" titles?
January 24, 2010 7:42 PM   Subscribe

Designers and font nerds: What typeface is use in the opening titles of Parks and Recreation?
posted by D.Billy to Media & Arts (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
looks like a News Gothic condensed, or thereabouts. The C doesn't match well, tho.
posted by _dario at 8:12 PM on January 24, 2010

Best answer: Could it be Interstate Bold Condensed?
posted by chelseagirl at 8:18 PM on January 24, 2010 [1 favorite]

Yes, Interstate Bold Condensed - or perhaps even Compressed.
posted by luriete at 8:39 PM on January 24, 2010

Ha! Interstate. Nice touch.
posted by intermod at 8:49 PM on January 24, 2010

My vote also goes to Interstate Bold Condensed.
Scroll down to Interstate BoldCondensed on this page .
Then resize and tile your windows to compare
the title with the font side by side.
It is a very close match if not exact.
posted by at the crossroads at 8:51 PM on January 24, 2010

Best answer: It looks like Interstate.

For some awesome font history, read this long NY Times Magazine article on the predecessor to the Interstate font called Clearview. It's a fantastic read.
posted by camworld at 9:07 PM on January 24, 2010

I think you have that backwards, camworld. Clearview is the new highway standard, and it's slowly replacing the "interstate" font called Highway Gothic.

"Interstate" is a clone of Highway Gothic.
posted by rokusan at 6:24 AM on January 25, 2010

Highway Gothic wasn't available digitally to the public - and it was missing a lot of important characters anyway. Interstate is a very good digitization based on it, and in fact is a superior typeface.

For actual highway signs, some municipalities and the federal government are starting to use Clearview, based on evidence - from non-peer reviewed studies (I think!) by the designers - that it is superior.
posted by luriete at 10:11 AM on February 19, 2010

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