Font with bold, condensed/narrow, cyrillic glyphs, and square angles

GiGBiG's picture

Hi, I am new here, and I am already searching for a very particular font:
The features I need are:
- narrow/condensed (width similar to Myriad Pro Bold Condensed one): I have to put long texts in small areas
- bold/black
- square or 45° angles
- contains all the glyphs I need (listed at the end of the message)

I have to put an overlay that simulates a LCD pattern (pixels), so I need a font with strong angles, 0, 45, 90, to avoid

annoying antialiasing glitches.
Do you think such a font exhists?

Glyphs list:

Renko's picture

Try for yourself:

Keywords: sans, condensed, cyrillic, greek at

Language Filter at Greek (Monotonic/Polytonic), Russian and Sans Serif.

GiGBiG's picture

Well, I forgot to specify: a free font ;)

Renko's picture

Well, good luck then.

GiGBiG's picture

Thank you

Té Rowan's picture

You could try looking at DejaVu LGC, but I suspect you'll have to roll your own.

hrant's picture

Why does it have to be free?


PabloImpallari's picture

Open Sans and Open Sans Condensed at
There may be others, use the search filters on the left.

GiGBiG's picture

Well, I could ask my boss to buy it, but I should try it before buying.

I have created 3 characters that could belong to the font I need
but noone of the resulting fonts contains cyrillic and greek, apart for the dotted one, that I'd prefer to avoid.
Any suggestions?

hrant's picture

Yes, don't assume it's a bad idea to spend money on fonts.


condensed (width similar to Myriad Pro Bold Condensed one): I have to put long texts in small areas

Actually narrowness doesn't always lead to economy. If the text has a lot of linebreaks a wide font can be set smaller, saving vertical space without wasting horizontal economy -an average of half a line- every time a linebreak happens.

Also, it depends on the point size.


GiGBiG's picture

No, I am not saying it is a bad idea, fonts are software and art, and I am a programmer and a graphic designer, so I know what this means.
The problem is that my boss started with "with thousands of (free) fonts around the web... how can you think we can't find the right one?!".

Well, he has just dumped all the results of my research, so I have to start all from the beginning...

hrant's picture

Not to pester, but: you put "free" in parentheses... If he didn't actually say it, why assume it? Ask him what the budget is - that's a big determinant in terms of narrowing a search.

BTW for somebody who wants to fight the perception that fonts should be free it's worth "training" a boss by avoiding a free font even if it does the job. You're not the one with the budget - it doesn't hurt to try your luck! One day you might discover a non-free font you really want to use only to find that your boss is committed to never paying for a font... He might even ask you to pirate it, and if you refuse he might -perversely- think less of you.

Here's something:


Si_Daniels's picture

>Well, he has just dumped all the results of my research, so I have to start all from the beginning...

I assume you are being paid to do this research? Finding a suitable free font seems like it's going to be more expensive. Perhaps you should let your boss's boss know. ;-)

dberlow's picture

[Impossibility Alert]

"- narrow/condensed (width similar to Myriad Pro Bold Condensed one):"
No problem...

" I have to put long texts in small areas"
Not great for the older and younger reader...

"so I need a font with strong angles, 0, 45, 90, "
I'm not sure this is entirely possible. 90 and 0 are gained by not using italic, but 45 degrees so as not to have uneven steps, bold and narrow and long reading...

Even if you are just a programmer, designer or milk man familiar with Myriad Pro Bold Condensed, and you know that a 45 degree line of any thickness will occupy as much horizontal space as it does vertical space, (making an "N" with a 45 degree angle similar in width to a square), you can see that a narrow or condensed AKMNQRVWXYZ and many more, are not going to have 45 degree features without becoming highly unfamiliar to readers of all ages and time zones over long text.

Hope that helps, try not to hurt your boss, and Good luck!

GiGBiG's picture

At the end I explained the problems to my boss, and he incredibly understood: the winner font is Codename Coder Free 4F, that I already suggested the day before (and was dumped).
I found a few nice commercial fonts too, but they all had a problem in my environment. CCF4 is perfect at 95%, if we consider that I had to abandon the bold and condensed style (for readability problem, as suggested here by someone of you).
To put long text I have to change spacing and horizontal scaling a bit, but the texts look nice anyway.

Anyway I rebuilt the layout engine, and now is very fast to switch between fonts by XML, so if want to try another font or use different fonts on different apps it while be a matter of minutes!

Thank you all :)

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