Casey (typeface)

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Casey
Casey Showcase.png
Category Sans-serif
Foundry Dalton Maag
Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC)
Date created 1996
Design based on Tahoma and Frutiger [1]
"Quick brown fox" in Casey
Sample

Casey is a sans-serif typeface created and owned by the Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation (KCRC), a transit operator in Hong Kong. The typeface was created in 1996 by Dalton Maag under the order of KCRC for use on the corporate identity of its railway system.[2]

History[edit]

Casey was introduced in 1996 by the KCRC. It was modified from Myriad (letters) and Formata Cond (numbers), and the name Casey comes from KC, the first 2 letters of KCRC. The Casey typeface looks thinner than Myriad and Segoe UI.

Dalton Maag later amended Casey and release it as a commercial font named "Stroudley".[3]

Introduction[edit]

Casey is created by KCRC for the use of its corporate identity on its railway system. Its first usage was on the KCRC logo, which was revised in 1996. When the Metro Cammell EMU of the KCR East Rail (now East Rail Line) was modernised, their fleet number was clearly posted in Casey. The same practice was done when the new SP1900 trains came into service.

When the KCR West Rail (now West Rail Line) started operation, its usage expanded to all signage and station nameboards in the WR stations, and even became the font used in the leaflets and brochures distributed by the Corporation.

While some of the ex-KCR signages are changed to signs with MTR style (with Myriad as the font typeface) after the Rail Merger, some are retained until now (as of 2009).

Replicas[edit]

As the typeface has never been distributed to the public, railfans in Hong Kong have created a replica font of Casey called Casey Replica.[4] It is widely used by rail enthusiasts in Hong Kong in their KCR simulation works.

Footnotes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Myriad and Segoe UI are both based on Frutiger. Therefore, Frutiger is considered one of the base.
  2. ^ The railway operations of MTR and KCR was merged on 2 December 2007. The KCR network is now part of the Integrated MTR System.
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Casey Replica - I-Circle

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