(x) Real Simple magazine nameplate - (similar to) Interstate {Yves, Patricia}

I'm looking for the typeface that the Real Simple magazine uses for its title. Any ideas?


This looks like the American Highway typeface. Its most popular digitisation is The Font Bureau's ubiquitous Interstate by Tobias Frere-Jones.

The masthead is Interstate, or do you mean the titles on the cover?


The other titles look like Thesis's The Serif, I'll double check.

Yep, The Serif Semi Light, http://www.fontshop.com/?fuseaction=catalog.fontpackage&searchby=manufac...

Nope, that'd be Peter Matthias Noordzij's PMN Caecilia. ;^)

Wow, that was fast! Thanks!

Hmm. Yeah, you're right I guess. Close.

Close indeed. If I may quote myself from a three year old thread:

PMN Caecilia by Peter Matthias Noordzij (released by Adobe in 1991) predates Luc(as) de Groot's Thesis by some 3 years (originally released under the FontFont banner in 1994), but the production of Thesis started in 1989, so it's quite possible they were developped almost simultaneously.

Peter Matthias produced the preliminary sketches for his PMN Caecilia typeface during his third year of study in 1983. Perhaps Luc(as) was looking over his shoulder in class? Or was it the other way round? ;) The actual type family was designed in 1990 and named for his wife. Which is sweet.

I think the fact they seem pretty similar is because they're both by very talented, very Dutch ;) type designers who are about the same age and studied at the same school, the Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten in The Hague, with the same tutor, Gerrit Noordzij, who is Peter-Matthias' father. And both typefaces were designed according to the same principle of the broad-nibbed pen.

You can find more info about the genesis of Thesis at Lucasfonts > The LF Font Families > Thesis Classic > Info & Samples. The most interesting part of the creation, its original design under the name Parenthesis as the "corporate" typeface for the ministerie van Verkeer en Waterstaat, is not included anymore, sadly enough.

Real Simple's logo (I prefer to use "masthead" to refer to the list of staff and contributors on the inside of the magazine) is *not* Interstate. It looks to be based on older gothics like Engravers Gothic. ITC Blair is a contemporary reworking of that style.


And for the completists out there, the other typeface Real Simple uses is Meta, including the Hairline, Thin, and Extra Light weights, which were commissioned especially for the publication.

Just the Hairline weight was commissioned. More on the Real Simple fonts in the FontShop newsletter.