Vialog adorns Japanese highway signs

Vialog, published in 2002 by Professor Werner Schneider and Helmut Ness, adorns many public systems, including the Munich public transportation system or the Spanish railway. Now it is also used for the English labeling of all Japanese highway signs.

This was made possible through the collaboration of renowned Japanese information designer Keiichi Koyama and Monotype Germany’s Japanese Type Director Akira Kobayashi. Yet another application in the worldwide guidance and orientation system.

Vialog originated in 1988 from a transportation font designed by Professor Werner Schneider, the so-called “Euro Type”. Schneider designed it for the Federal Ministry of Transport in Bonn. The typeface resulted from extensive research on the optimization and standardization of European transportation fonts and was meant to achieve the perfect legibility for the transport sector.

Vialog, designed 14 years later, was the eventual successor to Euro Type. Schneider and Helmut Ness created a space saving typeface predestined as a transportation and information font that also meets the varied requirements of the corporate world.

At first glance Vialog often seems technical and structured, but it is distinguished by a robust character with aesthetic, carefully designed forms and technical details. All in all, it is equipped with eight styles, from light to bold with the corresponding italics. Moreover, thanks to the corresponding Vialog Signs, which consists of numerous symbols and arrows, it is a quantitatively and qualitatively premium and all-around applicable font.

Find more detailed information of Vialog here.

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