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 industrial aesthetic.
fig. 1 — ten characters pulled from the side of a 1901 CNJ steam engine informed the geometry of this typeface.
fig. 2 — pin-ups
fig. 3 — pin-ups
fig. 4 — changing proportions of the original “5”
fig. 5 — changing proportions of the original “R”
fig. 6 — the alphabet
fig. 7 — type samples
Eric Nakassa, Alex Alspaugh, Jack Sinclair, Claire Kantner