Posts Tagged ‘CTA’

fonts of the cta: research.

December 29, 2013

CTA_Font-Research

I went out a little before the holidays got into full swing and hit up all of the underground CTA train stations in the city for my research of the typeface that used to adorn the lovely walls of our subway system. Up above is a quick sample shot of photos that I took during my quest. I think I ended up finding images of all but 5 letters, 1 of which I already had and 2 more I found while looking at a CTA auction site. Z, X and Q are nowhere to be seen in this subway, at least not down below by the trains. For my second phase I am going to go observe the upper levels of these stations and hopefully I will find some of those letters hidden among the signs and people. It’s highly unlikely because of the rareness of those letters but it’s always wise to be thorough.

the next typeface.

November 30, 2013

NextType1

I am going out today to begin the first stages of creating my next typeface. It’s based on some old inlaid enamel lettering that can be found in only a few remaining underground CTA stations. I originally fell in love with the typeface after seeing the ampersand over and over as I made my way downtown. Sadly the example above is no longer on the wall. The CTA decided that covering up the classic type with a big ugly Helvetica sign is better than restoring it to it’s former glory. That’s a dumb idea in my book and I want to get a font made before it’s too late.

NextType2

Anyway, with some luck I will be able to get about 3/4 of the letters that I want today. I am just going to ride to each station that is underground and check it all out. I need a get a bunch of photos to be able to properly recreate this thing and I figured today is as good a day as any to go do it.

NextType3

 

NextType4

Look for updates soon.

getting it all in order.

November 1, 2011

Part one of the graffiti photo journey is coming to an end for me. I’ve started compiling photos for the All Teeth selections and the design of the spreads is coming along nicely. Up above is the map I created for the story. I probably could have just went and found a version of the L-train map somewhere online but I thought it would be more fun to just make it myself. It came out really nice actually.

Hopefully I’ll be getting out again soon and taking some more photos of good tags. Check back this week for that.