Trains Magazine Custom Type

The purpose of this project was to create a custom headline for an already published editorial spread. 

I chose a train magazine because I have always had a fascination with trains. This particular spread in "Trains Magazine" struck a cord with me because the type was so bland. There is so much history behind the American railroad system that a simple sans serif typeface could not be fully effective. 

First, I found old railroad pamphlets from the 1920-1950s. Then, I did some ink trace studies of the typography from them. I knew I wanted a thick, bold, heavy duty slab serif. I then sketched out some ideas. I also wanted to have a hint of railroad within the type so I made the cross bars extend to the left in order to portray motion and railroad tracks. Then I scanned my sketches in and created the custom typeface on Illustrator using a somewhat modular  block system.

This was originally a three week flex design project lead by typeface designer, Greg Gazdowicz, from Commercial Type. I spent some of my spare time in the summer perfecting the typeface.

Original Spread from  Trains Magazine

Original Spread from Trains Magazine

Trace studies

Preliminary sketches

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Final spread with new customized typography

Final spread with new customized typography

Type specimen

Type specimen

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