Zhe on drugs?

hrant's picture

A first application of the "Papazian" Zhe, conceived
(structurally) on an Aeroflot flight in late 2004.

Fire at will - brutal honesty preferred.

hhp

Denis_Masharov's picture

Type battle Ж
https://www.facebook.com/notes/cyrillic-typography/type-battle-ж/396063967072151

hrant's picture

I don't have Facebook...

But if anybody wants to post
this there that would be great.

hhp

eliason's picture


edit: Whoops, didn't realize this was a zombie thread, and my joke had already been made one page (and 5 years) earlier.

hrant's picture

The original "organic" concept* isn't so Bangles. :-)
And after almost eight years I finally have a good
reason** to make it into beziers, so...

* http://typophile.com/node/30024#comment-173469

** http://www.facebook.com/cyrillictype

hhp

hrant's picture

This is by Gennady Zarechnyuk, a "native":

Is this for real?! I mean, is it usable? Wow.

hhp

Nick Shinn's picture

Gennady’s little joke.
That’s a Big Yus.

Michel Boyer's picture

He is a couple from his family of fonts

hrant's picture

Doesn't the Big Yus need a closed top?

hhp

Nick Shinn's picture

Yes, you’re right.
It reminded me of Big Yus.
Kind of a hybrid, then?

riccard0's picture

Do you want fancy? Please suit yourself ;-)
http://free.type.org.ua/en/category/style/fancy/

riccard0's picture

Another from Gennady:

And some from Viktor Kharyk:

AlexanderKatt's picture

Your "ж" is cool, however "д" and "У" strike me as odd.
From a regular user of cyrillic typefaces.

hrant's picture

Just to be clear: do you mean mine or Gennady's?

hhp

Nick Job's picture

Strikes me that it makes more sense to have the italic rotationally symmetrical but the roman more reflectionally symmetrical (about the central stem/y-axis). Not sure why but feels more appropriate, maybe I'm thinking of those zhe's which have a lower case 'c' structure to them (a bit like a cursive Greek kappa with a vertical line down the middle. They only seem to exist in italic.

Plus don't you love the way both the words Italic and Roman effectively mean 'from Italy' (and thus Latin) and therefore are perhaps rather inappropriate in a conversation about Cyrillic? Maybe one should talk about cursive and upright instead? Can of worms maybe, sorry.

(If it's not already apparent, I'm out of my depth.)

AlexanderKatt's picture

@hrant Yours. д is weird because the base stroke doesn't continue to the right. And У is not Y...

hrant's picture

Thanks for the native critique!

д: I think you must be right.

The "У" ended up that way because of how the "Y" and "y"
were in the original Latin (Primex). But maybe I did go in
the wrong direction...

hhp

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