slavotypophilia

paul d hunt's picture

Ну штож!
I've been a Slavophile since i began taking Russian language classes in the 8th grade. I just love the culture: it is truly something that samples the best from its neigbors on the east as well as those from the west. I've been a typophile since right around the same time. I remember my mother purchasing a pack of fonts with (not our first) computer back about the same time I began taking Russian classes. I was fascinated with the little catalog of fonts and i've been inflicted with fontlust ever since.
It's no wonder that these two loves should intersect, but i'm afraid i've only been able to skim the surface of Russian type design. This is kind of funny to me because my full-on font design obsession was kick-started when my little bro asked me to write him a letter in Russian for a friend to translate for him and I started looking at cyrillic fonts. However, i was just looking at some free stuff.
Recently, I've been trying to work on some Cyrillics myself and looking for Russian stuff and being blown out of the water by what I have been able to find. Firstly, Rich brought home a disk of Ukrainian lettering from ATypI. If you got that disc, be sure to take a look at it, some very intersting stuff on that one... Then I started searching the net and among other things I found the website of Andrij Shevchenko, who long ago posted his own Andrij Hand to our critique forums here. Unfortunately, I can't find where to purchase this beauty, or I'd eat it up! Then again today I was searching and I came across a website for a Russian foundry: Jakolev Type Foundry, which features a beautiful sans, a luxurious script, and a Paperback-esque revival of an old cyrillic type called Gnosis. Круто, вообще!
Anyhow, so I'm scraping the surface... If you are aware of any other cool Russian type links, post them here!

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Joe Pemberton's picture

Paul, you speak Russian?! I also studied Russian in high school (in Tucson AZ of all places, who knew?) and in college. I love Cyrilic and I'm fascinated by it. My first foray into it was a Cyrillic bitmap (you can find in the Typophile critique if you dig for it).

When I left home at age 19 I left a collection of Russian posters -- pro Lenin posters, 1980s era anti-alcolhol public service posters, etc. Not any great Rodchenko posters or anything, but a nice sampling... Well, my mom was worried that I was going to go pinko and she threw them away! That still stings.

hrant's picture

> she threw them away

Oh yeah, that would definitely not have the OPPOSITE effect...

hhp

paul d hunt's picture

well if you use the term "speak" loosely, heh. i can get by (i think) but when reading more complicated stuff i need to have my handy pocket dictionary in my hand. Yeah, took 2 yrs in jr high/high school and 3 years at BYU including 3 months in St. Petersburg. I need to get back there some day. I like to think i have a bit of the Russian soul in me... i hope that's not to pretentious of me to say so.

Joe Pemberton's picture

Same Paul. Also studied it at BYU. And there is something about the culture that I feel an affinity toward, even though, to my knowledge I don't have any Russian ancestry and I've never been there (sad, to admit it.)

Hrant, it's something I've added to my list of "things not to do, now that I'm a parent". =P

hrant's picture

Paul, I am a small part Spanish. As soon as you live somewhere, I mean really live somewhere as opposed to being a tourist, then you become partly of that place. Your three months, coupled with your interest in their culture, was most probably enough, no matter what any "native" might say.

hhp

Joe Pemberton's picture

Now, Paul, tell me how you got Cyrillic to show up in the forums? And does it show up for Windows/IE users?

antiphrasis's picture

I see the Cyrillic on Windows XP/Internet Explorer 6.

paul d hunt's picture

Joe, i think your new blog software supports unicode, right? I'm such a slavo/typophile I have the Russian keyboard installed on my WinXP machine, so all I have to do is toggle and type. But what I actually did here was use the character map to select the charaters i wanted, copy and paste. (that was just as easy as hunting and pecking for me). I guess i should get a diagram of the Russian keyboard pasted to the wall in front of me so i can get that engrained in my brain.

paul d hunt's picture

i don't remember if i posted this link before, but it's pure cyrillic eyecandy. mmmmmmmmMMMMMMmmm!

in particular, i love this bit of lettering by Vrubel.

Joe Pemberton's picture

Avant Garde lovers eat your heart out. That's beautiful.

Mikhail Kovalev's picture

That's how I'm wasting my time: http://www.ozon.ru/context/catalog/id/1074108/

Have been browsing this site just for book covers along side old typeface catalogues, most of which, alas, are sold out, but you may find something interesting:

http://www.ozon.ru/context/detail/id/1334928/ (419.73 USD)

http://www.ozon.ru/context/detail/id/2125453/ (136.13 USD)
http://www.callig.ru/node/67/

I'm planning to buy those two.

http://www.ozon.ru/context/detail/id/2298882/

http://www.ozon.ru/context/detail/id/1412538/

http://www.ozon.ru/context/detail/id/1401298/

http://www.ozon.ru/context/detail/id/1563147/

dezcom's picture

Here is one of the images I got from a long forgotten website. I have a bunch more too.

ChrisL

paul d hunt's picture

oooh, i looked through this book while i was at St. Brides a year ago and have been wishing i could find a copy for purchase.

Mikhail Kovalev's picture

This book has been republished in 2005, Pechatnik has it. The quality may not be as good as the original, though

http://shop.pechatnick.com/index.phtml?id=3639

paul d hunt's picture

Andrij sent me a link to a local Cyrillic festival held recently. Check out some of the exhibition stuff, its beautiful! If you browse through, you'll see some beautiful Cyrillic ligatures, very cool!

http://www.panic.com.ua/sk2007/ua/exhibition

hrant's picture

Wow. Quite inspiring.

hhp

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