South Korea road signs

Commissioned by Studio Dumbar and the Hong-Ik University, Hangil E-type was designed in 2008/09 for the Latin names on the new bilingual and trilingual road signs in South Korea. While the normal style of Hangil E-type is already of narrow proportions to accomodate long place names, some very long words made an even more condensed version necessary. Still, we managed to keep the letterforms open, clear and legible to ensure good readability in the most demanding conditions.

The typeface was subsequently expanded and developed into the Panno series (Panno Sign and Panno Text), now available for general licensing.


Government of South-Korea 

Art direction:
Studio Dumbar, Rotterdam and Hong-Ik University, Seoul

A very big thank you to Erik de Vlaam for taking the pictures!