Santa Fe: A Public Transportation Study
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Wow, those letters in “Santa Fe” must have been a lot of work to draw with all that hatching. Reminds me of Magnificat. If the artist didn’t make it into a typeface they were really missing a trick. (I do wonder if this could have been type from some obscure vendor…the as seem very similar, no?)
To me, they show all the signs of custom-drawn letters. The two repeating letters are different (apart from their width, it’s best visible in the curvature of the top and of the tail), but not different enough for a typographic alternate. They work OK in the context of these words, but would cause spacing problems in others – I’m looking at the t in particular. Also, the letterforms strike me as not refined enough for this to be a typeface. While there are many crude designs that made it to phototype, this rather reminds me of the results I saw in beginner’s calligraphy classes: stems have inconsistent angles and widths and are partly left-leaning, e is too wide, and both the top and bottom terminals of t are awkward. Finally, the design is quite detailed, with very thin lines – too detailed for phototype: this would only work in extremely large sizes like on this cover.