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Type design in Belarus
Homel, Belarus-based designer of these hand-crafted vintage style typefaces in 2017: Harsh, Denim Industry, Urban Jeans, Farm Fresh, Custom Motor, Q ueen Victoria, Sweet Honey, Beach Party, Speedracer, Fine Antiques. [Google] [More] ⦿
Homel, Belarus-based designer of the hand-crafted typefaces Arumit (2017), Poplava (2017), Jopsy (2017), Spaigo (2017), Sputra (2017), Munigva (2017), Nimbostratus (2017), Millennials (2017), Tatima (2017) and Scopanik (2017).
Typefaces from 2018: Magic Ivy (a floral font), Queenly (a signature font), Forgotten Melody (script), Autumn Embrace, Le Jardin (floral), Quaint Garden, Gentle Whisper (calligraphic, woith a Floral style), Odour (a calligraphic font with floral caps), Jubilation, Limerence (a free calligraphic typeface with floriated caps), Snip (a paper cutout typeface), Cranberry Jam, Seascape Script, Imperfect, Herbarium, High Spot, Malanko (a geometric color font).
Typefaces from 2019: Melancholie (a great handwriting font), Quaint Garden, Magic Ivy (a leafy decorative script), Star Dust, Deja Vu (Clean, Ink), Allure And Grace, Melancholie (a signature script). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
During her studies, Minsk, Belarus-based Anna Werigo designed the free Latin / Cyrillic avant garde typeface Minsk (2016) and the hipster typeface Minsk Accent (2016). The download link no longer works. [Google] [More] ⦿
Minsk, Belarus-based designer of the free hipster (vector format) typeface Cosmic (2017). He also designed three free gorgeous Latin calligraphic brush typefaces in 2017. Designer of the hand-crafted Handic (2017), the athletic lettering font Hardcore (2017), Stencil (2017, which, remarkably, is not a stencil font), the brushed Graffitist (2017), the display sans Interface (2017), the vintage typeface Old Time (2017), the brush script typeface Drive (2017) and the brushed calligraphic typefaces simply called 1, 2 and 3 (2017). Behance link. [Google] [More] ⦿
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] ⦿
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, Belarus-based designer of the logotype Carpazzi Soft (2014) and Grossweight Stencil (2018). She also created Turnu (2018), a squarish logofont for a new Danish taxi service. Other fonts from 2018 include One Manchester (squarish), Tech Tape, OCR Camp, Pretty Much Fur, and Fat Porn. [Google] [More] ⦿
Minsk-based Belarussian, b. 1987. Creator of "gothic" and "broken" Latin and Cyrillic fonts like Wings of Darkness (2015), Bad Behaviour (2015), Ancient Runes (2015), Last Words from Earth (2015, ink splatter script), Blood Blocks (2015, a dripping blood font), Gothic Spell (2015, blackletter/tattoo font), 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 type 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. In 2019, she published Lettering Games, Just Ritual, Abstract Shapes and Just Monsters, created the fun poster series Just Fontfactory, and updated Just No 74. [Google] [More] ⦿
Slutsk, Belarus-based designer (b. 1992) of the thick brush script typefaces Portobesto (2016), Blacktear (2016), Carlitos (2016, called chaotic), Marsfield (2016), Mayton (2016), Worthy (2016), Buffy (2016), Hubster (2016), Just Believe (2016), Berow (2016: absolutely lovely), Advetime Brush Script (2016), Shrewdy (2016), Bastina (2016), Sunbreath (2016, +Cyrillic), Mythbuster Script (2016) and Markella (2016).
Typefaces from 2017: Scandilover (inspired by monochrome Scandinavian style kid rooms full of hand-crafted graphics), Million Notes, Better Together (rough connected brush script), Whortle, Jenthill (a 4-style hand-crafted script family for memos and notes).
Typefaces from 2018: Shrewdy, Elowen (a bold script font).
A pioneer of geometric abstract art and the originator of the avant-garde suprematist movement, Kazimir Severinovich Malevich was born in 1879 in Kiev, and died in 1935 in Leningrad. In 1915, Malevich laid down the foundations of Suprematism when he published his manifesto From Cubism to Suprematism. After the October Revolution (1917), Malevich became a member of the Collegium on the Arts of Narkompros, the Commission for the Protection of Monuments and the Museums Commission (from 1918 until 1919). He taught at the Vitebsk Practical Art School in Belarus (1919-1922), the Leningrad Academy of Arts (1922-1927), the Kiev State Art Institute (1927-1929), and the House of the Arts in Leningrad (1930). He wrote The World as Non-Objectivity, which was published in Munich in 1926 and translated into English in 1959. In it he outlines his Suprematist theories.
Typefaces based on his work include:
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] ⦿
Minsk, Belarus-based illustrator who created the hand-crafted Halloween typeface Wonderland Night (2015), the hand-crafted Wild Blueberry (2017), and drew a roundish Cartoon Alphabet (2015). Creative Market link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Belarussian designer of the connected script typeface Oleander (2016) and the brush typefaces Momento (2016) and Hardcore (2016, Latin and Cyrillic) and the hand-crafted typeface Enjoy (2016). She operates as Marie Smith Lettering & Design. Creative Market link. [Google] [More] ⦿
Mariya Vasiljevna Pigoulevskaya
Maryia Hilep is a designer and photographer, based in Vilnius, Lithuania. She grew up in Homel, Belarus, and moved to Vilnius in 2013 to study Visual design and Media at European Humanities University. In 2015, she designed the rough military stencil typeface Trafaret for Latin and Cyrillic. In 2016, she published the free triangle-themed font Delta. [Google] [More] ⦿
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 Wylam, UK (and before that, 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 (which was extended to Neusa Next in 2017). 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).
Typefaces from 2015: Rutan (a neutral geometric sans), Stolzl Display (a Bauhaus-inspired headline type published by The Northern Block and named after Gunta Stölzl, the Bauhaus's only female master), Webnar, Aesthet (a warm brush-inspired sans that was updated in 2020 to Aesthet Nova).
Typefaces from 2018: Hefring Slab (a large geomtric slab serif family), Ordax (an industrial sans typeface by Pablo Balcells, Mariya Vasiljevna Pigoulevskaya and Donna Wearmouth). Manofa (a calligraphic sans inspired by Warren Chappell's Lydian).
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.
Aka Mr. Typeman, Hleb Zhyhunou (Vitebsk, Belarus) designed the hand-crafted typefaces Syberic, Halbrein, Darflow (brush script), Rither, Shamber, Albret, Burston, Willful, Arthard, Winflo and Chokle (free) in 2017.
Typefaces from 2018: Mendy, Rishangle (script), Arkley (signature script), Tadworth (script), Mr. Monty, Rhiner, Puckipsy, Redbus, Olster (script), Muscat, Vingiloth, Fowler (brush script).
Oleg (aka red Dragon) is the Belarussian 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] ⦿
Onetypethree Foundry (or: Dzianis Serabrakou)
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). In 2016, it was updated to Appetite Pro. In 2017, it was extended to Appetite Pro Rounded.
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).
Typefaces from 2015: Ultratype Beta.
Typefaces from 2016: Nature Product.
Typefaces from 2018: Epos.
Palikseniya Aliakseyenka studied architecture at Building College Belorussia in Mogilev in 2011 and design at European Humanitarian University Lithuania in Vilnius in 2015. Now in Ashalim, Israel, she created various Latin display typefaces, including Poliksenya (2012). [Google] [More] ⦿
Roger S. Nelsson
Sergio Tortugin Malashenko
Struvictory Art (Hrodna, Belarus) is run by Viktoryia Strukouskaya and Viktor Strukovski. Most of their typefaces are jointly designed. Their creations include the patterned typeface Endless Hygge in 2017. In 2018, they designed the decorative Mexican flavor typeface Mexico, the textured Nordic Tale, the tribal font Solaris, the color font Jazz, the floral typeface Gardenia, Insectarium, Folk Tile, the alchemic typeface Majolica (released in 2019 as Maiolica), Rustic Spring, Africa, and the tribal African font Tabu.
Typefaces from 2019: Runista, Runista Symbols, Wigwams, Aronia, Norwolk (a Nordic folklore font, +Symbols), Solarica (a tribal font family), Agnostic Font (a hipster font), Modesto (arts and crafts style font), Wigwam and Wigwam Symbols (a tribal font), Sealife.
Typefaces from 2020: Quizles (a stencil serif), Doubleganger (a Peignotian typeface for fashion magazines that plays on two different widths), Hedonist (a great modern poster sans). [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Thomas T. Pedersen
Titov Design Studio (or: Reformer)
Homel, Belarus-based designer of the lapidary Latin / Cyrillic typeface Persea SST (2017: free demo) and the fantastic techno typeface family Technoir SST (2017). Behance link. Creative Market link. Newest Creative Market link. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Sergio Tortugin Malashenko (Tortuga Studio) is an identity designer, calligraper and lettering artist located in Gomel, Belarus. Designer of the hand-lettered sign painting typeface Signorita (2015) and of Desiderata (2015).
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] ⦿
Hrodna, Belarus-based designer of several display typefaces such as Organic (2017) and Agnostic (2019). All his typefaces are together with Victoryia Strukouskaya, with whom he runs Struvictory Art. [Google] [MyFonts] [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] ⦿
Minsk, Belarus-based designer of the geometric typefaces Dotted (2019: an interrupted glyph typeface with a molecular feel), Lines (2019), Area Lines (2019), the geometric solid typeface Area (2019) and the multiline typeface Cables (2019) for Cyrillic and Latin. [Google] [More] ⦿
Illustrator and designer in Minsk, Belarus. Creator in 2018 of the modular squarish typeface family Domino, the geometric color font Love Birds, Xmas Cookies, the bicolored octagonal font Quarta, the stone carving font Brave Viking, the color stitching font Lovely Day, the color art deco typeface Trigon Wheel, the stitching font Crossstitch, the brush font Red & Black, and the color SVG Opentype font Lavender Time.