Cludged Cyrillic, Need Critique

seanglenn's picture

I need to add a single cyrillic word into a manuscript I'm working on, but alas, the typeface I'm using (ITC Quay Sans Book) has no cyrillic version. So, I'm forced to cludge. Can someone looks this over and let me know if I've bolloxed it up?

Cyrillic

John Hudson's picture

For a kludge, this isn't too bad. You have not made the el too rectangular, which is the usual beginner mistake. You could make the left, curved stem even more diagonal if you wanted to. To balance with the a this form needs to be a little bit wider.

The width of the capital Pe should be slightly narrower than the Latin H.

The ya is the trickiest letter you need to deal with. The head must be larger, try to balance it optically with the counter of the a. Of course, this means that the whole letter needs to wider, and the leg shorter.

seanglenn's picture

Here's my updated version, incorpating those suggestions.

Cyrillic Revision

hrant's picture

John's the expert on the forms, but I'd point out that the spacing needs work too.

Plus if you're willing to break from the Modernist doctrine of bland uniformity, you might make the "a" different than the original Latin one, perhaps by giving it more rigidity, like a straight middle join. That would be classy.

hhp

John Hudson's picture

Sean, the updated version is much improved. I would very slightly shorted the foot of the el and make the interior space just a little bit wider. You can still make the left left a bit more diagonal if you want.

Regarding the spacing, can you provide some more context so we know how tightly spaced your Latin text is going to be?

hrant's picture

This is totally tangential, but it hit me hard enough that I'd like to share it:

If Cyrillic is effectively more "uppercase" than Latin, maybe Cassandre wanted to reform Latin to regain its majuscule majesty (via Peignot) in large part because he was originally Russian?

hhp

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