TYPE DESIGN INFORMATION PAGE last updated on Sat Dec 20 15:54:07 EST 2014
Type design in Belarus
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 typeface 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 typeface 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).
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] ⦿
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'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.
Typefaces from 2014: Bouquet (a fat brushy script, with Cyrillic).
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] ⦿
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] ⦿
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] ⦿
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).
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] ⦿
Koval Type Foundry
Aliaksei Koval is a type designer and corporate identity artist from Minsk, Belarus (b. Minsk, 1984). He created the techno typeface 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] ⦿
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] ⦿
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 typeface 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: Merel, Finlek (an industrial post-punk script font), Acrom (a 6-style geometric sans with minimal stroke contrast), Tautz (a wedge serif text typeface with elegantly small x-height), Qiber (poster lettering typeface).
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.
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
Thomas T. Pedersen
Transliteration of Non-Roman Alphabets
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] ⦿
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] ⦿