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Don Meeker

Donald Meeker (Meeker and Assoiciates) is one of the designers responsible for the Clearview font (along with James Montalbano of Terminal Design). His firm, Meeker and Associates, which specializes in environmental graphic design, tested Clearview with the Pennsylvania Transportation Institute at Penn State University over the course of the 1990s. From 2014 untuil 2016, Clearview was being introduced on the American highways, slowly replacing the 1940s font Highway Gothic. The FHWA reversed its position on Clearview in 2016, however. Meeker's research on Clearview is reported in the Transportation Research Record. Meeker's research on Clearview is reported in the Transportation Research Record paper with Philip M. Garvey and Martin T. Pietrucha entitled Effects of font and capitalization on legibility of guide signs.

Reasons for the demise could include cost (jurisdictions that adopt Clearview must purchase a standard license for type, a one-time charge of between $175 (for one font) and $795 (for the full 13-font typeface family) and up, depending on the number of workstations), poorer legibility of signs in negative-contrast color orientations, such as those with black letters on white or yellow backgrounds, and inconsistent use (because Clearview was only optional).

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