Impressed by Italian Rationalist architectural lettering, Salvo Nicolosi’s Telegrafico is a typeface that ticks lots of the aesthetic containers that attraction to designers: uniform stroke weight and letter widths, sharp apexes (AMNVW), and round rounds (CGO). Sadly, those that eagerly snag the free font quickly uncover that Telegrafico is a hobbyist effort, not likely suited to skilled design. Not solely does it lack a lowercase, accented characters, and even punctuation, however lots of the current caps are in want of a talented designer’s contact. The geometry shouldn’t be optically corrected, as an illustration, and the diagonal stroke weights are inconsistent. These in search of Telegrafico’s traits are higher off springing for professional choices like VF Sans, Telefon, DTL Nobel, Neutraface, Mostra, Verlag, Relay, or the newly launched Apres.
Nonetheless, Telegrafico is undeniably enticing to lovers of Artwork Deco and Geometric sans serifs, who flood Nicolosi’s deviantART page with requests to make use of it commercially. A kind of designers who lately employed Telegrafico for skilled work was Korean movement graphics specialist, Sangdon Lee, who picked it for the moody opening title sequence of the 2013–14 sci-fi flick Snowpiercer.
To make Telegrafico operate in these titles, Lee needed to invent his personal hyphens, quotes, and diacritical marks (or borrow them from one other font), and he changed the very mechanically constructed Telegrafico ‘S’ with one from one other typeface, probably Akzidenz-Grotesk.
Regardless of these compromises, it’s straightforward to miss the kind’s faults at this small measurement, and it does its job remarkably properly, serving as a kind of post-apocolyptic industrial techno-glitch. The delicate shadow overlays, referencing the view from a transferring prepare, are a pleasant contact. Watch the clip beneath.