Cartography Type Face Off

Trade Gothic LT

Jim Lewis responded to my earlier post Cartography Typography for Neophytes with a further typeface that he has found useful. Trade Gothic LT at about US$29. Trade Gothic typeface was first released in 1948 by Linotype. Is is popular in advertising and multimedia. Adobe has a version and Linotype has released Trade Gothic Next and even Trade Gothic for Nike 365.

Below is Trade Gothic LT surrounded by two typefaces mentioned in my earlier post. I recently changed road names and legend text on a map from OCAD’s standard Arial to CartoGothic and was really surprised at how much better the latter looked on the map.

Fonts comparison

Font Cisalpin LT

Cisalpin LT

 

JCS_40 TradeGothicLT

Trade Gothic LT

 

CartoGothic Std

CartoGothic Std

[box type=”alert” size=”large” style=”rounded” border=”full”]Open Type fonts, of which Cisalpin and CartoGothic are two, are not compatible with OCAD 9 and earlier. Also some high quality fonts are not compatible with Condes v8 and earlier.[/box]

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