Portfolio of Eli Kahn
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Castor is a geometric, sans-serif typeface repurposed from several hand-painted characters taken from the side of a 1901 CNJ steam engine. Drawing inspiration from the mechanical curves and the rigidity of a locomotive, Castor's personality captures a distinctly urban aesthetic.
Castor Sans
Typeface Design
2018
Advisors
Karen Cheng
Collaborators
Eric Nakassa
Alex Alspaugh
Jack Sinclair
Claire Kantner
Role
Design of the following: B, E, F, I, M, N, P, R, 6, 8, 9, *, hyphenation, @, &.
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Castor Sans
Form
We received an industrially-derived type sample, pulled from the side of a 1901 CNJ steam engine. To create a more employable typeface, we diverged from the extended nature of the seen letterforms, aiming more for the ratio seen in the numbers.
After solidifying the general letterforms, we scanned our characters and began to digitize them in the type program, Glyphs.
Refinement