TYPE DESIGN INFORMATION PAGE last updated on Fri Apr 18 19:03:21 EDT 2014
Type design in Bulgaria
Bulgarian type designer, b. 1983, who runs a foundry by the same name in Yambol. Bulgaria. Typograph Pro (2010) is a clean almost geometric sans family with two hairline weights. Zip (2010) is a squarish techno family. Another URL: Amateur Media. [Google] [MyFonts] [More] ⦿
Freelance web developer in Bulgaria. With the help of Maria Borissova, he made the neatly hand-printed typeface Knicks n Knacks in 2012. Only free tools were used such as Inkscape and Fontforge.
Armenian type and graphic designer and illustrator. She was a student at the National Academy of Fine Arts in Yerevan, Armenia (2005-2009). The Devian Tart site mentions that she lives in Bulgaria. Arevik created the dingbats font Fashion Plate (2007, Paratype).
At the University of Sofia (Bulgaria), several font zip files containing the Mongolian fonts CMsHuree, CMsUlaanbaatar and CMsUrga, and the Mongolian font family TimesNewRomanMon. See also here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Asen Tiberiy Baramov
Bobby Nikolaev Marinov
About 60 Cyrillic fonts at this Bulgarian FTP site. The majority are fonts by DemaSoft (1993), like the Lozen, EngineCyr, FreeStyleCyr_Bold, GermanCondensedX_Bold, and Iskar_Bold families. Also here are great families (HebarB, Journal, Karina), and nice individual fonts such as the Courier-like Maritsa, the display font FuturaEG_HH, and the artsy font Izhi. Great site. [Google] [More] ⦿
Bulgarian--Russian Cyrillic Fonts for MS-Windows
Ilya Talev's free original Bulgarian Cyrillic fonts: BookvarBold, BookvarItalic, BookvarNormal, Bulgarian-Ariel, Bulgarian-Courier, Bulgarian-DutchRomanItalic, Bulgarian-DutchRoman, Bulgarian-GaramondItalic, Bulgarian-Garamond, Bulgarian-Italic, Bulgarian-Kursiv, Palatia-Regular, Bulgarian-Roman, Bulgarian-RomanItalic, Bulgarian-Times, Bulgarian-TimesItalic, TimokBold, TimokBoldItalic, TimokItalic, TimokPlain. The fonts with names that start with Bulgarian are due to Talev, and were made in 1995. An older page of his also had Church, NewsPrint Fonts, Garamond, Courier, Roman, Stamp (kinda arty), Times, Tribune, Zora, fonts that were shareware from Galt Technology, accompanied by the notice The fonts are in Unicode ttf format and are suitable for MS-Word 97 and the new MS-Word 2000 for Windows NT, 95/98. [Google] [More] ⦿
Small Bulgarian archive: Bulgarian-Ariel, Bulgarian-Courier, Bulgarian-DutchRoman, Bulgarian-Garamond, Bulgarian-GaramondItalic, Bulgarian-Italic, Bulgarian-Kursiv, Bulgarian-Roman, Bulgarian-RomanItalic, Bulgarian-Times, Bulgarian-TimesItalic, ComicSansMS-Bold, ComicSansMS, Hebar, HebarBold, HebarBoldItalic, HebarItalic, HebarNormal, Palatia-Regular, TimokBold, TimokBoldItalic, TimokItalic, TimokPlain. All fonts have Latin and Cyrillic character sets. The fonts starting with "Bulgarian" were generated by Ilya Talev. [Google] [More] ⦿
David J. Birnbaum
Bulgarian designer of the Terminus bitmap fonts, which were later truetypeified, first by Eric Cheng in 2004, and then by Simon Schubert. See the truetype font Terminus Re33 (2006) here.
Bobby Nikolaev Marinov (Evolutionfonts, est. 2010, Sofia, Bulgaria) designed Sofia City (2011, a decorative hand-drawn family), Dimitrina (2010, informal sans face redesigned in 2012) and Smallstep (2011, Peignotian).
In 2012, he created the didone-based signage script family Alecko [Alecko Plain is free], and the rounded typeface Boffin: A simple little typeface for all things technical. A faux monospaced, semi-serif with rounded corners that you will never forget. The name comes from a British slang word that means "tech-savy person". Or simply "nerd".
Interesting geometric and experimental typefaces by Ivan Hristov in Bulgaria:
Fontfabric is the foundry of Svetoslav Simov, a visual designer who is located in Sofia, Bulgaria, b. 1984. Highly innovative designer whose creations have lots of style and flair. Many fonts are for both Latin and Cyrillic. Picture. Behance link. Dafont link. Typegoodness link. YWFT link.
Ganka Vlacheva (Sofia, Bulgaria) created an unnamed Cyrillic typeface in 2013.
HermesSoft Type Library
Ivan A. Derzhanski works at the Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in Sofia. His fonts include
At Cyreal, he published the free font Volkhov (2011; download at Fontsquirrel), a low-contrast serifed typeface with a robust character, and the didone face Prata (2011). He also created a number of beautiful experimental typefaces in 2011.
Bolgariy (2012) is a warm display face made for advertising Bulgaria.
In 2014, he published the 18-style sans serif typeface system Glober at Fontfabric. Inspired by strong German grotesques such as DIN and Dax, it has a great spectrum, from hairline (called Thin) to Heavy.
Georgi Georgiev (aka Jore) is the Bulgarian designer in London who created some calligraphic and lettering pieces in 2013.
Graphic designer in Sofia, Bulgaria. Creator of the experimental triangular typeface 3Angle (2013). She also created a set of icons for an app called Xpensy that keeps track of household expenses. [Google] [More] ⦿
Kalin Borisov (Kalin Kult) is the Bulgarian designer of the free Latin/Cyrillic pixel font series BulgariaBourgasCyr, BulgariaFantasticaCyr, BulgariaGloriousCyr, BulgariaLineExtendedCyr, BulgariaOutLineCyr, BulgariaRaxelCyr (2003). Faulty web page. [Google] [More] ⦿
Phenomenally imaginative graphic designer from Sofia, Bulgaria. He created some great typographic posters in 2010, such as those of a pipe, a hand, and a title, called Home Faber, as well as a poster called Hide And Seek. [Google] [More] ⦿
Karandash is a type and graphic foundry in Varna, Bulgaria, established in 2010 by designer Vassil Kateliev (b. 1980, Varna). The Fontmaker series is a collaborative project with Jordan Jelev, a well known Bulgarian calligrapher and cult wine label designer. The type designs are done on paper, using traditional calligraphic and artistic methods and then digitally recreated.
Typefaces: Myriad Pro Bulgarian and Cyrillic (2011), Rotis Semi Serif Bulgarian Cut (2011), and FM Clog (2011, with Jordan Jelev, done at The Fontmaker: has Openface, Shadowed and Engraved styles). Callista is a fat cursive typeface that was inspired by the work of François Boltana in the early 1970s and of Milka Peykova in late 1970s.
Gaytan (which means braid in Bulgarian) is a sans and serif family created in 2012. It was inspired by Old Church Slavonic Cyrillic, Bulgarian Ustav and the Russian Vyaz stiles, as well as the avant-garde works of Bulgarian typedesigners in late 1970s. But the result is definitely Victorian. He closes 2012 with Estimo, an organic typeface family for Latin and Cyrillic that has no diagonal strokes.
In 2014, Kateliev designed a Valentine-inspired set of calligraphic ornaments, LoveHearts.
KODEKS is the German slavistics server run by Professor Sebastian Kempgen from the University of Bamberg. Kempgen's fonts include Eckige Glagolica and Runde Glagolica, both for Glagolitic. He also made a mediaeval Cyrillic face, Preslav. He also created Kliment (2005; old church slavonic, covering all of these: Altkirchenslawisch, Altrussisch, Altbulgarisch, Altserbisch, Old Russian, Old Bulgarian, OCS, Old Serbian), which can be downloaded here and here. Kiril, RomanCyrillicStd (2003) and CampusRomanStd (2008) are free fonts designed for slavic language specialists. The latter two fonts are quite complete and unicode-compliant since 2007. The BukyVede font (2008) is the typeface used by the journal "Polata knigopisnaja" (Mario Capaldo and William R. Veder, eds.), published by William R. Veder&Michael Bakker, Slavisch Seminarium, Amsterdam. It is based on CyrillicaOhrid and GlagolicaBulgarian (with additions from Rumen Lazov), and adapted to Unicode 5.1, and enhanced by William R. Veder, Chicago. Final touches, additional characters and font generation by Sebastian Kempgen, Method Std is the Unicode 5.1 version of the Method font series originally created by the author, Sebastian Kempgen, in the 1980's. The blueprint for this font is the classic printing type devised by slavists and used in learned editions of Old Church Slavonic texts.
Krista Radoeva (b. Bulgaria) studied graphic design at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design in London and type design at the KABK in Den Haag, class of 2013. She is based in London.
In 2012, she created a beautifully integrated Latin / Cyrillic display typeface Moesia, with a tip of the hat to Old Slavonic.
Her gardaution typeface at KABK was the rounded sketched broad nib stencil typeface Amanita (2013, latin and Cyrillic).
Speaker at ATypI 2013 in AmsterdamC on the topic of the difference between Russian and Bulgarian Cyrillic.
Also written Botjo Nikoltchev. The Bulgarian designer studied graphic and type design in Potsdam. He is living and working as a freelance designer in Berlin, where he is an art director at Carrois Type Design. In 2014, he set up the commercial typefoundry Lettersoup.
Studio located in Sofia, Bulgaria, run by graphic designers and illustrators Ina Bachvarova and Vladimir Vencharsky. In 2010, they created an ornamental caps alphabet with mythological creatures. [Google] [More] ⦿
Moire (Ilia Gruev) is a small graphic design studio in Sofia, Bulgaria, specialized in visual identity, graphic design, typography and type design. Their work is quite delicate and refreshing. I particularly like their type family Moderato (Latin, Cyrillic), which was presented over at Behance in 2011. It contains serif, sans (in both grotesk and humanist sub-styles), roman (Trajan style) and slab serif in many weights. See this book cover Kiril Zlatkov, based on Moderato. [Google] [More] ⦿
Cyrillic fonts by Monotype: Andalé, Andalé Mono, Andalé Sans, Arial, Arial Narrow, Arial Rounded, Book Antiqua, Bookman Old Style, Century Gothic, Century Schoolbook, Monotype Corsiva, Courier, Cumberland, Gill Sans, Gill Sans Light, Haettenschweiler, Impact, Letter Gothic, Monotype News Gothic, Nimrod, Parma (=Bodoni), Perpetua, Plantin, Rockwell, Thorndale, Thorndale Mono, Times New Roman. They also have Monotype Glagolitic and Monotype Old Bulgarian and Old Bulgarian Slawjanski, two old church Slavonic faces. [Google] [More] ⦿
Ivan Phillipov (Neogrey, also written as Ivan Filipov) designed the techno faces Research Remix (1993), Neogrey (2004) and Red October (2004, inspired by Soviet poster art; can be used for Cyrillic simulation; followed by Red October Stencil, 2009). Release Yourself (octagonal), Research Remix (rounded octagonal), Arkitech Light, Discophat and Neogrey Medium appeared in 2009. In 2011, he published Artitech Round and Syntha. Neogrey has offices in Plovdiv, Bulgaria and Turkey.
In 2012, the round monoline face Syntha and the techno face Arkitech Medium were published. Multicolore (2012) is a free EPS-format round sans face for coloring (a monochromatic version is free in truetype format).
In 2013, he designed Arkitech Bold.
No Comment Group
Asen Tiberiy Baramov (No Comment Group, Sofia, Bulgaria) is a Bulgarian type designer. His typefaces: Tichy Black (2012: an octagonal typeface for Latin and Cyrillic. The Cyrillic glyphs are influenced by the work of the great Bulgarian typographers Boris Angelushev, Vassil Yonchev and Alexander Poplilov, who developed Cyrillic further in the 1960s and 1970s).
Graffiti artist from Sofia, Bulgaria. He designed some typefaces, which can be viewed at Behance. Weston is a new free rounded slab-serif font designed by Pavel Pavlov in 2011 for Fontfabric. [Google] [More] ⦿
Project led by David Birnbaum at the University of Pittsburgh: The Repertorium of Old Bulgarian Literature and Letters was conceived as an archival repository capable of encoding and preserving in SGML (and, subsequently, XML) format archeographic, palaeographic, codicological, textological, and literary-historical data concerning original and translated medieval texts represented in Balkan Cyrillic manuscripts. The Repertorium project grew out of an initiative of David J. Birnbaum (University of Pittsburgh), Andrej Bojadiev (University of Sofia), Milena Dobreva (Institute of Mathematics, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences), and Anisava Miltenova (Institute of Literature, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) in 1994, with early SGML development assistance from Berend Dijk and Harry Gaylord (both then of the University of Groningen). Sub-page with several free fonts for early Cyrillic: Menaion and Menaion Medieval (Victor Baranov), Lazov and Lazov Bold (Rumjan Lazov), Dilyana (Ralph Cleminson), Kliment Std (Sebastian Kempgen), Titus Cyrillic and Titus Cyberbit Basic. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer in Sofia, Bulgaria. Creator of a circular arc experimental Cyrillic typeface in 2012. She also created the experimental typeface Former (2012). The Plant (2012) is a modular geometric font experiment. [Google] [More] ⦿
Graphic designer (b. 1988, Sofia) in Sofia, Bulgaria, who graduated from the National Academy of Art in Sofia in 2012. She created a Cyrillic display face in 2012.
Designer of Gimbutas (1999), a font for Vinca symbols (Mac, PC), found on many of the artefacts excavated from sites in south-east Europe, in particular from Vinca near Belgrade, but also in Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Eastern Hungary, Moldova, Southern Ukraine and the former Yugoslavia. The artefacts date from between the 7th and 4th millennia BC and those decorated with these symbols are between 8,000 and 6,500 years old. Sorin works at the Department of Slavic Languages and Literature at the University of Bucharest, Romania. The drawings of the Gimbutas font were by Doina Mihaila. See also here. [Google] [More] ⦿
Bulgarian illustrator and digital artist in Varna who made the jazz room face Comans (2010, aka Komans). Other typefaces include Road (2010, constructivist), Soryanna (2010, rounded geometric avant garde monoline sans), and Debat (2010, constructivist), Abula (2010, a modular techno face). [Google] [More] ⦿
Bulgarian branding designer and type designer who lives in Sofia. His oeuvre includes organic futuristic faces such as Modulizm (2008), Ovalizm (2008), and the kitchen tile face Pixelizm (2008). No downloads. [Google] [More] ⦿
Russian foundry active in the early 1990s. Fonts are shattered over the web. They include Cyrillica Bulgarian (1994), Glagolica Bulgarian (1993), OldCyr Bold (1992), TmsCyr (1993), UnvEe UnvCyr, CourierCyr, CourierEe, CyrillicaBgEpigraph, CyrillicaOchrid1, CyrillicaOchridEpigraph, CyrillicaShafarik, CyrillicaShafarikEpigraph, Etymolog1, Etymolog3, OldCyr. [Google] [More] ⦿
Jordan Jelev (The Fontmaker) is the Varna, Bulgaria-based graphic and logo designer (b. 1975, Varna) who specializes in wine label design. He made the calligraphic Cyrillic alphabet Kaloyan (2008). At MyFonts, one can buy his double-lined Grant (2009, with Svetoslav Simov, Fontfabric) and FM Clog (2011, with Vassil Kateliev, done at The Fontmaker: has Openface, Shadowed and Engraved styles).
In 2013, Jelev published FM Christmas 2.0 (26 hand-lettered Christmas greetings), FM Ephire (a lively script family, done with Vassil Kateliev; it comes with a useful caps companion, FM Ephire Frames), FM Valentines Pro (Valentine's Day messages), FM Easter Pro (Easter wishes).
Foundry for Latin and Cyrillic fonts based in Varna, Bulgaria, est. 2011. They created FM Clog (2011, by Jordan Jelev and Vassil Kateliev), and FM Bolyar (2012, a copperplate font, also by Jordan Jelev and Vassil Kateliev). FM Bolyar Onate is a spurred version. FM Valentines (2012) are Valentine's Day greetings.
Studio Letterstock designed the greeting card font FM Christmas 1.0 and 2.0 in 2012.
Bulgarian developer of the free type 1 font package t1-teams for Latin and Cyrillic, which is used in Bulgarian newspapers and magazines of the TopTeam Publishing House. The maintainer is Anton Zinoviev. [Google] [More] ⦿
Typedepot is a small type foundry currently based in Sofia, Bulgaria, founded by MyFonts link and Veronika Slavova in 2009. Graphic designer from Sofia, Bulgaria, b. 1984 (Dimitrovgrad). Creator of the display faces Glide (2009, done with Veronika Slavova), Glide Sketch (outline version), and Slide (2009, ultra-condensed). With Veronika Slavova, he designed the multiline (prismatic) family Pista (2010) and the organic Oxo family (2010), which includes a stencil, Corki (2011, a condensed slab serif), and Oxo College Barrister Sans (2010) covers Latin, Greek, Eastern European languages, Cyrillic, Turkish and Baltic. Parallel (2010) is an ultra-condensed typeface for anorexics. Piron (2010, by Nedelev and Slavova) and Matilde (2010, by Nedelev and Slavova) are free. Banda (2011) is a 16-style semi-serif type family characterized by a tall x-height and rounded semi-serifs [one free weight]. Centrale Sans (2011, Slavova and Nedelev) is a modern sans family. Centrale Sans Condensed followed in 2012, and Centrale Sans Rounded in 2013.
Typographer and designer in Sofia, Bulgaria. In 2010, he made the ornamental all caps Cyrillic face Orthodox. In 2011, he created the ornamental caps face Floralis (which was finished by Svetoslav Simov) and the experimental face Negativ. Individual letters of Floralis: B, H, Q, Z.
In 2012, he made Times New Roman Sans Serif.
Vassil Nikolaev Kateliev
Type designer from Nessebar, Bulgaria, b. 1984. She co-designed the über-organic face Glide in 2009 with Alexander Nedelev, with whom she set up the foundry Typedepot in Sofia in 2009. Together, they designed the multiline family Pista (2010) and the organic Oxo family (2010), which includes a stencil, Piron (2010, free), Corki (2011, a condensed slab serif), and Oxo College. Matilde (2010, by Nedelev and Slavova) is a free face with tall ascenders. Banda (2011) is a 16-style semi-serif type family characterized by a tall x-height and rounded semi-serifs. Centrale Sans (2011, Slavova and Nedelev) is a modern sans family. Centrale Sans Condensed was done in 2012.
Botevgrad, Sofiska-based Bulgarian designer (b. 1987) of Jamaistevie (2007, a nice grunge outline face). Alternate URL. He lives in Botevgrad, and started the commercial Vladislav Ivanov Font Foundry in 2008.
His fonts at the foundry include Panopticum (2010, sketch face), Jamaistevie, Masha (2008, outlined, 3d and grungy), Habana (2008, splashy grunge), Lost Souls (2008, ultra-condensed), and Oh No (2008). Bacchante (2009) and Circus Stars (2009) are grungy Far West fonts.
Vladislav Jordanov (b. 1996) is based in Kyustendil, Bulgaria. He created he vector format stencil face Xperia (2013).
Yanko Tsvetkov (b. Bulgaria) is a graphic designer in Valencia. He created the free Old Slavonic / Glagolitic style Cyrillic and Latin typeface Bulgaria Moderna V2 (2012; see also Bulgaria Moderna V2). He explains: The origins of most alphabets are often shrouded in mystery, it is almost impossible to know for sure how, by whom and when it was introduced. The Cyrillic alphabet is no exception. It carries the name of Saint Cyril, a Byzantine missionary send to Moravia by the Empreror with the task to consolidate Byzantine influence against the German clergy. His most frightening weapon was an alphabet, especially customized for the Slavic language---the Glagolitic, which he created himself. Even though The Cyrillic alphabet is named after Cyril, most scolars agree this is a sign of homage instead of acknowledgement of an authorship. The alphabet itself originated in the First Bulgarian Empire, which welcomed Cyril's students after his mission to Moravia failed. From Bulgaria, the alphabet spread to Serbia and later to other Slavic states such as Kievan Rus, the predecessor of the Russian Empire. During the ages, the alphabet got simplified and reformed several times and Russia's influence spread it as far as Mongolia.
He also made Neoglagolitic Alpha (2010), another faux-modern version of the Glagolitic alphabet.
Magmawave (2012) is a modular headline typeface.
Zdravko Andreev (Z-design, Bulgaria) created the free experimental faces Diffuse Away (2011), Broken Squares (2011) and Sliced Tech (2011). He also made Girl Characters (2012), Suns and Stars (2011, dingbat face), Pet Animals (2012), Boy Characters (2012), White Outlines (2011), Radiation (2011, radiation symbols), Sexy Love Hearts and Sexy Love Hearts 2 (2012), Christmas Shapes (2011) and Christmas Trees (2011).