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McGill University
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Aleksandryna Smal

As a student in Minsk, Belarus, Aleksandryna Smal designed a fun Latin poster typeface (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Alexander Swordman

Freelance designer in Minsk, Belarus, who created the muscular Cyrillic typeface Spectra in 2013. Geometric Sculpture (2013) is an angular straight-edged typeface for Latin and Cyrillic.

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Aliaksei Koval
[Koval Type Foundry]

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Alina Zoryna

Web designer in Minsk, Belarus, who created the Cyrillic painted typeface Yel (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anastasiya Anisovich

Borisov, Belarus-based designer of the Latin/Cyrillic typeface Motion (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Anastasiya Tarachenka

Design student in Minsk, Belarus. She created a few typefaces in 2012. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Andrei Donine

Graphic designer from Minsk, Belarus, who created the pixel-like font Mixtura (2003). [Google] [More]  ⦿

CheapProfonts
[Roger S. Nelsson]

Started in 2008, this web place by Norwegian entrepreneur Roger S. Nelsson (based in Honningsvåg, Norway) sells fonts by Ray Larabie, Brian Kent, Nick Curtis, Derek Vogelpohl and Kevin King that were originally freeware fonts. Nelsson reworked them (more glyphs, more multilingual) and asks about 10 dollars per font now. He says his fonts now cover these Latin languages: Afrikaans, Albanian, Basque, Belarusian (Lacinka), Bosnian, Breton, Catalan, Chamorro, Chichewa, Cornish, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Filipino (Tagalog), Finnish, French, Frisian, Galican, German, Greenlandic, Guarani, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish (Gaelic), Italian, Kashubian, Kurdish (Kurmanji), Latvian, Lithuanian, Luxembourgian, Malagasy, Maltese, Maori, Northern Sotho, Norwegian, Occitan, Polish, Portuguese, Rhaeto-Romance, Romanian, Saami (Inari), Saami (Lule), Saami (North), Saami (South), Scots (Gaelic), Serbian (latin), Slovak(ian), Slovene, Sorbian (Lower), Sorbian (Upper), Spanish, Swedish, Tswana, Turkish, Turkmen, Ulithian, Walloon, Welsh, Yapese.

Designer at FontStruct in 2008 of cowboy_hippie and Syndrome X (DNA-look face inspired by Syndrome BRK by Brian Kent). Nelsson's fonts are Classic Trash BRK Pro, Dynamic BRK Pro, Galapogos BRK Pro, Genotype BRK Pro, King Cool KC Pro (kid's hand; done with Kimberly Geswein), Lamebrain BRK Pro, Matrise Pro and Matrise Text Pro (dot matrix), Phorfeit BRK Pro, Syndrome BRK Pro, Technique BRK Pro, Vigilance BRK Pro, Grapple BRK Pro. The "BRK" refers to Brian Kent, the original free font designer.

In 2009, he added a number of fonts that were done by Nick Curtis some years before that (hence the "NF"): Boogie Nights NF Pro (art deco face), Copasetic NF Pro, Coventry Garden NF Pro, Pro, Fontleroy NF Pro, Hamburger Heaven NF Pro, Monterey Popsicle NF Pro, and Wooden Nickel NF Pro. Trypewriter Pro (2009) is based on Kevin King's Trypewriter. Helldorado Pro (2009) is a Tuscan wood type style face based on a font by Levente Halmos.

Designer of Isbit Pro (2012, a magnificent melting ice cube-shaped superlliptical typeface family), Familiar Pro (2011, designed with the same metric as Helvetica but "better than Arial"), Bloco Pro (2010, fat counterless face), Trump Town Pro (2009, athletic lettering slab serif), Geometric Soft Pro (2009), Geometry Script Pro (2010, upright connected script), DIN Fun Pro (2011), Infantometric Pro (2012), Foobar Pro (2012) and Cheap Pro Fonts Serif (2009).

Typefaces from 2013: Adultometric Pro (narrow monoline sans).

Dafont. Fontspace link. Fontsquirrel link.

Catalog of Nelsson's bestselling typefaces. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Cyrillic Fest 2008

Annual typography and calligraphy festival, which took place from 24-25 May 2008 in Kharkiv (Ukraine). This year it included type seminars, a presentation by Vitalij Mitchenko, type games and exhibition of typefaces and calligraphy from Ukraine, Russia, Belarus and Bulgaria. Photo reports: 1, 2, 3, 4. Report in the Ukrainian newspaper Novynar. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Cyrillic Fonts Plus

Belarussian site. Arial, Courier and Times in Cyrillic versions. They have the Cyrillic vowels (a,o,u,e,y,ja,jo,ju,je,i) with accents, the Belarussian Latin "u short" and the letter "Jat" added on. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Denis Serebryakov
[Dzianis Serabrakou]

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Dima Buko

Dima Buko (Minsk, Belarus) created the children's face Bookie (2011) for Latin and Cyrillic. Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dmitry Fisher

Art director in Minsk, Belarus, who created many geometric designs, including an experimental typeface for Latin and Cyrillic called Sang Bleu (2013, free download). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Dzianis Serabrakou
[Denis Serebryakov]

Denis Serebryakov's Design studio in Minsk, Belarus creates logotypes and identity based on original lettering and own production fonts. Appetite (2011) is a black upright script family. It was followed by Appetite Contrast (2012) and the italic version, Appetite New (2012), the sketched version, Appetite Sketch (2013), and Appetite Rounded (2014).

Myster (2012) is a random font in which each glyph has three alternatives. General (2012) is an elegant casual sans family. Germes (2012) is a grotesk family with some contrast and with some reverse serifs added sparingly. Germes Sans (2012) is the sans version.

Statut (2012) is an elegant thin typeface that is based on calligraphic work by Belarusian artist Pavel Semchenko.

Oldsman No. 1 (2012) is a fashion mag typeface.

Displace (2013, +Displace Cut) is a sans face drawn with a tilted nib. Ultratype (2013) is an angular typeface designed for Ultralab.

Typefaces from 2014: Bouquet (a fat brushy script, with Cyrillic).

Behance link. Home page. MyFonts link for Denis Serebryakov. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Egor Suvorov

Belarussian typographer and type designer. His typefaces include Slim (2010) and Kvadrocircle (2010, an angular Latin/Cyrillic face done while studying with Ilya Ruderman). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Far PluGRinG Site

Russian page. Download various Latin/Cyrillic bitmap files, typically in ".fon" format. These include families by Vladislav Kornienko (Terminal Font Cyr, 2001), Oleg Melnikov (OS-2 warp Font 8x18, 2003), Alexander Abrosov (Terminal Fonts, 2003), Sergey Dindikov (Console Font, 2002), Igor Palkin (Terminal Fonts Belarus, 2001), and Alex Pakhotin (DOS Terminal Font, 1999). It has one Latin/Cyrillic truetype typewriter face, Sourier New (based on, or identical to Courier New). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Fiodor Sumkin

Byelorussian illustrator who fled his country when he was 18 years old. He sold paintings in Moscow and now lives in Amsterdam. His drawings are straight out of the 19th century, ornamental and playful. He is also inspired by the psychedelic lettering of the 1960s. Discussion of his work by Coles. Typefaces, all made or drawn in 2006-2007: Rodopi, Fashion Condensed, Farringdon, Hopkins, Rondell (Western style face), Abramesque (ornamental caps), Mansard Trimmed (19th century emulation), Wedlock, Silverado, Shimmer Wide (cyrillic), Mona (extra-wide slab serif), Flirt Chloe (more 19th century ornamental glyphs), Jubilee (constructivist Cyrillic lettering), Big Cyrillic pixels (many great pixelized alphabets), Cuba, Gingerbread (Victorian), and St. Clair. Alternate URL. Check out his gorgeous country maps designed for the aeroflot in-flight magazine in 2008. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Franciscus Skoryna

Also Francysk Skaryna, b. 1486 Polazk (white Russia), d. 1541 Prague. First printer in white Russia (Belarussia). Skaryna was one of the first to publish in the Cyrillic alphabet, but not the very first as Oktoikh was published by Schweipolt Fiol in 1491. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hanna Branouskaya

Minsk, Belarus-based designer of the monoline circle-based typeface Lime Font (2014, Cyrillic). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Irina ModBlackmoon

Minsk-based Belarussian, b. 1987. Creator of "gothic" and "broken" Latin and Cyrillic fonts like MB Thin Worms (2013, a spiked horror black metal font), MB Think Twice (2012, gothic face), MB Demonic Tale (2012), MB Underground (2012), MB Forever Raw (2012), MB Element (2012, +Brutalized: horror fonts), MB Real Grinder (2011), MB Evil Ghost (2010), MB Slavonic Minsk (2010), MB An Old Witch (2010), MB Before The End (2010), MB Horror House (2010), MB Poisoned Type (2010), MB Gravitation (2010), MB-Alien Report 72 (2010), MB-Graveyard-Designs (2010), MB-TheGreatReaper (2010), MB Arcane Gothic (2009), MB-Back for Death (2009), MB-Lords of Evil (2010), MB-BlackBookType (2009), MB-ElvenType (2009), MB-GothicDawn (2009), MB-InDigit (2009), MB-RustyIron (2009), MB TyranT (2009), MB-DigitalReality (2009).

Devian Tart link. Dafont link. Another link. Home page. Old link. Abstract Fonts link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Iste Fonts
[Yuri Zabavchik]

Foundry in Belarus, run by Yuri Zabavchik (b. 1986, Rudensk, Belarus). He designed the piano key face The Closed Door (2011, +Cyrillic). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Kate Bushuk

Graphic designer and illustrator based in Minsk, Belarus. Her ttype design work thus far comprises one fascinating type experiment called No 74 (2009). In it, she uses compass and ruler to create spectacular art deco outlines. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Katerina Stepanenko

Graphic designer and illustrator in Minsk, Belarus. Creator of Chopsticks Font (2012) and of Foxy Type (2012).

Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Kathrina Pokidova

Minsk, Belarus-based graphic designer who created the Latin / Cyrillic typeface Silver (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Katya Nesterova

Belarussian designer in Minsk who drew the octagonal techno face Font Constructor in 2008 in Ilya Ruderman's class. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Koval Type Foundry
[Aliaksei Koval]

Aliaksei Koval is a type designer and corporate identity artist from Minsk, Belarus (b. Minsk, 1984). He created the techno face Softrobo (2008). He went commercial in 2009 as Koval TF, where he published Calidor KVL (2013), Softrobo Pro (2009) and Eqlaser (2010, gridded). Behance link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Kseniya Ivanova

Graphic designer in Minsk, Belarus, who created the art deco caps face Jeeves & Wooster (2012). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ksenya Shtalenkova

During her graphic design studies at European Humanities University, Department Of Development And Communications in Lithuania, Ksenya Shtalenkova (Minsk, Belarus) created the constructivist Cyrillic typeface Chipmunk (2013). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ksusha Ksu

Minsk, Belarus-based designer who created the hand-printed Cyrillic face The Black Cat Font (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

lingvo

Belarussian site with Cyrillic versions of Arial, Courier and Times. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Maksim Zhuk

Illustrator and designer in Baranavichy, Belarus. Behance link. Creator of the hand-printed comic book face Ridendus Optimus (2011). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Mariya V. Pigoulevskaya
[Metype]

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Metype
[Mariya V. Pigoulevskaya]

Mariya (b. Belarus) joined The Northern Block Type Foundry in 2012 after successfully completing a Master of Arts in Future Design at Teesside University. In 2014, she set up Metype. Based in Middlesbrough, UK, Mariya designed the humanist sans Latin/Cyrillic typeface family Baufra (2012, The Northern Block).

In 2013, she published the 8-style geometric sans typeface family Neusa at The Northern Block. Hapna Mono (2013, The Northern Block) is a free mini-slabbed typeface. Its commercial companion is Hapna Slab Serif. The nine-style geometric sans Latin / Cyrillic typeface family Tabia was inspired by the work and principles of the iconic german industrial designer Dieter Rams, who is closely associated with the consumer product company Braun and the Functionalist school of industrial design. Still in 2013, she published the brush face Velik, the geometric condensed sans serif ink-trapped typeface family Kizo and the neutral sans family Uninsta at The Northern Block.

Typefaces from 2014 at The Northern Block: Finlek (an industrial post-punk script font), Acrom (a 6-style geometric sans with minimal stroke contrast), Tautz (a wedge serif text face with elegantly small x-height), Qiber (poster lettering typeface).

Behance link. Interview in 2014. [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Mihail Bayaryn

Minsk, Belarus-based designer in 2005 of the Hindi fonts Chandas and Uttara. Latin and Cyrillic glyphs were added from DejaVu font and modified according to GPL by Dharmo Raksati Raksitah. I quote: The font contains 4347 glyphs: 325 half-forms, 960 half-forms context-variations, 2743 ligature-signs. It is designed especially for Vedic and Classical Sanskrit but can also be used for Hindi, Nepali and other modern Indian languages. The font includes Vedic accents and many additional signs and provides maximal support for Devanagari script. In version 1.1 were added Latin and Cyrillic characters and corresponding Open Type tables for Sanskrit transliteration. Chandas font represents Southern (most commonly used today) style of Devanagari script. And Uttara font represents Northern style of Devanagari Script. These styles are sometimes also called Bombay (Southern, contemporary) and Calcutta (Northern, old) pen families accordingly. Uttara is today the only Devanagari OTF font which supports Northern variations in simple glyphs and in ligatures.

He also created the free Devanagari Unicode opentype font Siddhanta. Siddhanta font home page. The font can be used for Sanskrit, Vedic, Hindi, Nepali and other languages which use the Devanagari script. Siddhanta supports many ligature variations and script variations---Calcutta, Bombay and Nepali styles.

Google Plus link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Minsk

Cyrillic truetype fonts with some characters added: Cyrillic vowels (a,o,u,e,y,ja,jo,ju,je,i) with accents, Belarussian Latin "u short", "Jat" letter. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nastia Piven

Minsk, Belarus-based web and graphic designer. Creator of the logotype Carpazzi Soft (2014). Behance link. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nastya Sokolovskaya

Grodno, Belarus-based designer of Seashell Typeface (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Nikita Sergyshkin

Photographer in Minsk, Belarus. He created a Cyrillic display typeface in 2013. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Oleg

Oleg (aka red Dragon) is the Balarussian designer of the Classic Amiga CLI Font v1.1 Amiga Topaz Unicode Rus (2010) [note: the original (Binary) Topaz font is copyright of Amiga Inc. The truetype version is copyright (2009) by dMG of the Trueschool and Divine Stylers. The Russian unicode version was created with the help of Fontforge in 2010 by Ol\eg] [Google] [More]  ⦿

Roger S. Nelsson
[CheapProfonts]

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Sasha Yakovlev

Art director in Minsk, Belarus who created the tweetware vector icon font Icony (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Thomas T. Pedersen
[Transliteration of Non-Roman Alphabets]

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Transliteration of Non-Roman Alphabets
[Thomas T. Pedersen]

From Copenhagen and Estonia, Thomas T. Pedersen's page on non-Roman alphabets. He specializes in all kinds of Cyrillic alphabets, such as Abaza, Abkhaz, Adyghe, Altay, Arabic, Armenian, Avar, Azerbaijani, Bashkir, Belarusian (Belorussian), Bulgarian, Buryat, Chechen, Chukchi, Chuvash, Crimean Tatar, Dargwa (Dargin), Dungan, Erzya Mordvin (Mordva), Eskimo - Yupik, Even, Evenki, Gagauz, Georgian, Greek, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali, Ingush, Kabardian, Kalmyk, Karachay-Balkar, Karakalpak, Kazakh, Khakass, Khanty, Kirghiz, Komi (Komi Zyryan), Komi-Permyak, Koryak, Kumyk, Lakh, Lezgian (Lezgin), Macedonian, Mansi, Mari: Hill Mari, Meadow Mari, Moksha Mordvin (Mordva), Moldovan (Moldavian), Nanai, Nenets, Nivkh, Nogay (Noghay), Ossetian (Ossetic), Ottoman Turkish, Russian, Rusyn (Lemko&Vojvodinian), Selkup, Serbian, Tabasaran, Tajik, Talysh, Tatar, Turkmen, Tuvinian, Udmurt, Ukrainian, Uzbek, Yakut, Yiddish. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Unibel.by

Belarus site with two rar files having 22MB worth of fonts. The Arsenal Cyrillic font collection is there, for example, and hundreds of other Cyrillic fonts as well. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Valeria Yakunenskaya

Volkovysk, Belarus-based designer of the Cyrillic circle, cycle and bicycle-based typeface Grand Bi (2014). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Viktar Autushka

Minsk-based Belarussian designer of the Cyrillic/Latin version of Friedrich Poppl's font Laudatio, of Zipper1Cyr (2000; after a font by FishDicks), and of Willamette SF (2001), after an original by ShyFonts in 1999. He also extended Faust Antiqua in 2005 to Cyrillic (he claims the artwork is by G. Klikushin, but the typeface itself is by Kapr, 1958). Creator of Asessor (2000). [Google] [More]  ⦿

Vitali Pruzhan

Vitali Pruzhan (olodechno, Belarus) created the pixel font family Construct (2013) out of Lego blocks. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Yuri Zabavchik
[Iste Fonts]

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