Nitro is an institutional typeface commissioned by Michael Bierut for the New York Jets National Football League franchise, and designed by Tobias Frere-Jones. "Most type families begin with a light roman, and progress gradually to italics and bolder weights. For his Nitro design, inspired by the Jets' long-standing logo, Frere-Jones had to start and finish with a black italic, normally the most distant and peripheral member of a type family. Part of what makes Nitro unique is its extreme slope. While most italics range from 8 to 14 degrees in angle, Nitro clocks in at 28 degrees, making it the most italic typeface H&FJ has ever produced. "Perhaps Nitro's greatest achievement is in its application. While we have designed four point fonts for classified ads, Nitro's use on the stadium walls at the Meadowlands Sports Complex marks the first time one of our fonts has been set in 17,280 pt." Michael Bierut, art director; Michael Bierut/Brett Traylor, designers; Pentagram Design Inc., design firm.