Having a Cast

by nathanmwood

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This san serif, textured, bold font is inspired by the old cast iron type on train carts. When I discovered the old train carts down at the 'Bristol Harbour Railway' I was fascinated by these incredible forms. To create the structure of these characters I worked from one of the rubbings I took of a particularly nice iron plate and then scanned it into the computer to replicate the letters which where missing. I then printed this on to graph paper and transferred the bricks one by one to try and get the most accurate representation as possible.


Wow, I hope you finish this! A work like this is so rare to be seen on FontStruct since its modularity.
Comment by cablecomputer 26th october 2013
I'm really impressed with the work from A-J that you've done so far. I can only hope you complete this font.
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Comment by djnippa 26th october 2013
thank you, i am for sure going to be finishing this font, its taking me a good 2/3 hours to map out and finish each letter but i'm getting there. thank you for the link that's awesome, there are bricks i didn't know were possible. i hope the rest doesn't disappoint
Comment by nathanmwood 26th october 2013
UWE are back :) Awesome work. "C" is a bit thin though.
Comment by kassymkulov 27th october 2013
A fantastic start - looking forward to the complete work. 10/10 in advance :)
Comment by p2pnut 27th october 2013
Oh wow, your font is incredible! It doesn't look like it was done on a computer, it actually looks like you've hand printed it. One of the best fonts i've seen!
Comment by MegLockwood 30th october 2013
Now that you've added more characters, I can say that this is amazing work. :)
Comment by sarreyn 30th october 2013
love this font! so glad you've finished the alphabet, really succesful representation of your etchings
Comment by gbates1 4th november 2013
Thank you for all your support. now that I've finished I can start looking at how it can be improved. any comments welcome
Comment by nathanmwood 4th november 2013
Comment by Evie Atarax (j4s13) 4th november 2013
A task we were at uni to use out typeface to recreate a book cover which related to out font in some way. I chose the book 'The Train'. Just an example of how it could be used.
Comment by nathanmwood 6th november 2013
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “Having a Cast” is now a Top Pick.
Comment by Rob Meek (meek) 11th november 2013
Loving the lower case
Comment by jackwaghorn 12th november 2013
Congratulations on the TP :) Well deserved for an outstanding 'printed' font ;) :) 10/10
Comment by Aeolien 12th november 2013
Impressive, you captured that texture really well.
Comment by four 13th november 2013
sure exactly super better stencil it real!
Comment by ViAik 5th december 2013
Great stuff man. I love the detail in each letter, well worth the work you put in.
Comment by jackimo1988 11th december 2013
Excellent font with great 'character'. One of my first choises..
Comment by gspot 17th march 2014

This is a exotic watch dogs font. I love it.

Comment by ProdigioGames 25th january 2017

I know my comment is very late. Still, this work is awesome. Great project of "decay" from UWE, Bristol. Numbers? 10/10

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