cyrillic typeface

Dario Muhafara's picture

Hi,
I was wondering if anybody can give me directions (any post here in typophile, or whatever) to get started on doing a cyrillic version of one of my typefaces.

thanks in advance for any help and sorry about my poor english.

ebensorkin's picture

I would be interested as well.

Nick Shinn's picture

Look at the fonts published by Paratype.com
Several of them are shown at Myfonts.com

Aleksey Kryukov's Old Standard is a good, free font to refer to for Cyrillic letter forms and encoding.
http://www.thessalonica.org.ru/en/fonts.html

Read the Wiki pages on the cyrillic alphabet.

Get the book "Language Type Culture", read the Zhukov and Yefimov essays in it, and enjoy the specimens of new types!

See what the Lebedev studio is doing.
http://www.artlebedev.com/

ebensorkin's picture

What about cyrillic and Monospaced fonts? What then? Hee Hee. :-P Okay all kidding aside, I would like to know.

ebensorkin's picture

Oh, and thanks! :-)

Dario Muhafara's picture

thanks Nick, I will start right now!

Dario Muhafara's picture

sorry but what do you mean with:
"Read the Wiki pages on the cyrillic alphabet."

i couldn't find any cyrillic wiki here in typophile,
do you have the link?

many thanks!

Dario Muhafara's picture

thanks Paul, I will check it out.

ebensorkin's picture

What do you think about the monospaced Courier Cyrillic & Cumberland Cyrillic?

aszszelp's picture

Kryukov's Old Standard is not only a good reference, but it also brings back some beatuiful glyph shape subtleties and variants that were lost in decades of western digitalisation of cyrillic type. IMHO at least.

ebensorkin's picture

Aha! That's great.

Just to be sure - is this what you mean?

http://www.thessalonica.org.ru/en/fonts.html

aszszelp's picture

Yes. I LOVE its yat, for example, (a letter abolished in Russian in the 20ies), as compared to the ones to be found in most modern digital type. Most others look so awkward and defying a sense of proportion for the cyrillic (then again, whom to blame for a non-existing (as in current usage) glyph?). Which designer, but one aiming at old or classical (church slavonic) text would care?

Oh, and this yat looks exactly as the yat in the pocket dictionary my great-grandfather brought back from Russia after being released POWWI. No wonder, as Aleksey also states the source/inspiration/... of his type "late 19th early 20th century".

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