I am a typographic trainspotter...

The Boxcar Project—the namesake of this website—presents an ongoing series of typographical abstractions. The images are an expression of my interest in shape, color, and most of all, the weathered and distressed typography of boxcars. As a graphic designer and typographer, I am constantly amazed by the variety of letterforms that appear even on a single boxcar.  

Growing up in the rustbelt, I have many memories of playing with my cousin in the vast train yards near my grandparent's house in Buffalo, New York. I recall the smell of oil and diesel and the deep rumble of idling train engines not so far off. There was a certain danger and thrill to sneaking around among the boxcars and clambering over the gravel and between rusty tracks. As an adult, walking the train yards with my camera brings back this excitement.   

About Philip Krayna

I am currently the Chief Creative Officer of Conifer Creative, a design studio located in the San Francisco Bay Area, and a Senior Lecturer in the Design Department at San Jose State University. I write frequently for major industry periodicals including Communication Arts, Print and Metropolis. In addition, I am a card carrying member of the Bay Area Photographers Collective.

I began my creative career at the studio of reknowned publication designer Roger Black in New York City, assisting with the redesign of prominent magazines including Esquire,Time and Smart Money. While in New York, I also worked as assistant photo editor at Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine. After relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area, I served as an assistant art director at Mother Jones magazine and the International Fund for Documentary Photography.  


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All images are available for purchase as archival prints or can be licensed for commercial use. I also value your input, encouragement and feedback. Get in touch using the form below:

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