While I was in college I took several classes at Pittsburgh Filmmakers, and I had to walk by a Rally’s Hamburger stand to get there. Their sign was amazing — it looked like they had bought their movable letters on three or four separate occasions and didn’t care that they didn’t match. It gave me an idea for a very distressed typeface that was made up of completely undistressed characters. The uneven texture would only be apparent if you looked at multiple characters at a time.
I loosely based the individual characters on the four most popular sans serifs in American vernacular design: Helvetica Bold, Futura Bold, Franklin Gothic Condensed and Alternate Gothic No. 2. Ultimately it’s more a special effect than a typeface, but I think it’s a pretty cool special effect.