Musing about a Russian Vyaz font

oprion's picture

I was toying around with an idea of a new Vyaz' font for a while now, but the sheer mind-boggling amount of ligatures and heavy scripting required to accommodate a proper and versatile face seemed unmanageable. Thus, I finally decided that a simple vector file would be a better alternative, with a basic modular design, a handful of letter alternatives, ligatures and decorative elements, providing the user with the freedom to construct their own combinations. here are the first sketches of this Idea:

Church Slavonic:

Longer passage without archaic letters:

Different ligature options:

This is what I am trying to base it on:

jolo09's picture

tnx..
can you do it then on my name?

john louie?

oprion's picture

Certainly!


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hrant's picture

This is great stuff.

hhp

jolo09's picture

thanx so much..
youll see this on my skin nxt week..
i love it..
i'll send you a pic of this once its on my skin..
hehehe
thanks again..

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@John

Ouch! Guess this isn't the good time to confess I made a typo...

Kidding.
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jolo09's picture

haha..
thats ok with me!!
they wouldnt notice it by the way..
hehehe..
thnx again...

wmayer's picture

a latin version would familiar to a historian. some earls diplomatic charters got a similiar script, e.g.

a font could look like that:

Henricvs quintus sacrae trinitatis graria rex romanorum

Patrick Witmer's picture

Is it to late to ask for one of these? Pretty please… :)

Patrick

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It's never too late to ask :)


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Patrick Witmer's picture

Thanks a ton!

Patrick

CGI's picture

I love looking at this style. It's making me blind, but I love it. I say work up latin.

hrant's picture

Check out the Arabic at the bottom of this image:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/27783075@N07/4110455018
(Although frankly it's very hard to read.)

hhp

dinazina's picture

Can you, WILL you do me - Dina Lydia? THANKS!

Joe Pemberton's picture

Brilliant.

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@ Dina

Catch!
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Maxim Zhukov's picture

The above reads ‘DINALINDA’ (ДИНАЛИНДА) to me…

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@Maxim

Oops, I misread the name
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@Dina

Fixed.
Sorry about the mess-up, I was in a bit of a hurry and misread your name.


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MrMoto's picture

Oh my! These are truly wonderful. I've been trying to get my hands on Russian calligraphy books for a while to learn about this kind of type but they seem hard to find (the research assistant at my university doubts their existence ...).

In the meantime, could you do my name? Thanks!

Тимофей Мотт

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Books on Russian Calligraphy:
Note: this is my own attempt at translating names and titles, they might be classed under different guises in catalogs and such.

Modern Typface, Villu Toots (Современный шрифт, Виллу Тоотс) 1966
http://www.callig.ru/node/27/

The Art of Type. Selected works of Moscow book artists in 1959-1974. By our own Maxim Zhukov (Искусство шрифта. Работы московских художников книги. 1959-1974, Максим Жуков) 1977
http://www.callig.ru/node/67/

Calligraphy for all, Propenko L.I. (Каллиграфия для всех, Проненко Л.И.) 1999
http://www.callig.ru/node/4/

Basics of type graphics, Semchenko P.A. (Основы шрифтовой графики, Семченко П.А.) 1977
http://www.callig.ru/node/14/

Book hands in XVII century Russia, Kostukhina L.M. (Книжное письмо в России XVII в., Костюхина Л. М.) 1974
http://www.callig.ru/node/153/

UPD: Forgot the attachment.


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dinazina's picture

Thank you!

I chose my name, in part, because it sounded like it COULD be Russian...or Greek...or almost anything.

MrMoto's picture

Wonderful! Это страшно хорошо! And thank you very much for the links also.

Tim

MrMoto's picture

Thanks to you, Ivan, I was inspired by this new (to me) form of writing, so I took out my calligraphy pen a few weeks ago to write a card to friend. Let me pass it on to everyone here: с новым годом !

(Happy New Year!)

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С новым счастьем, всех благ!
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elijah's picture

Here's the other russian calligraphy...

http://www.designer-daily.com/russian-calligraphy-1565

i don't know how to write essay in this fonts...

evanbrog's picture

Ivan, if you would be kind enough I'ld love to see my name in this amazing creation of yours. It shouldn't be too hard--just one letter different from your own name. Thanks!

Evan

mduran's picture

Hi,
A while ago I readthis post. I am looking for this vector file as I'm a student of Slavic philology and would like to use it in some of my works (so non-commercial). Im willing to pay a fee if requested.

It seems Ivan Gulkov vanished, I cannot contact him and his personal page is not updated since a couple of years now.

Does anyone have this source or a link to it ? I'd appreciate it lots.

Thanks,
Miguel

Gareth84's picture

Hi. I love this, very artist and secretive.

Could you possible do:

Получить в фургоне

for me please.

I'm experimenting with some artwork and it would be amazing.

asora's picture

Hello, when i first saw your design i just had to make an account to ask you: could you make a design for me that spells "искусство"?

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