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Type design in Uzbekistan



An Uzbek Cyrillic font. [Google] [More]  ⦿


An Uzbek Cyrillic font. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Hindu Arabic Numeric Medieval Ideograms

From Sao Paulo, Roberto Lyra's explanation on the origins of Arabic numerals: "Each Arabic number we use today is itself an ideogram created by Abu Ja'far Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi (c.778 - c.850). Al-Khwarizmi was born in central Asia in what is known as Uzbekistan, and moved to Baghdad were he worked as a mathematician during the first golden age of Islamic science, at the "House of Wisdom". Using the abacus notations he developed the manuscript decimal system. By the end of the 12th century (Middle Ages) the academic word was divided between the algorists, followers of al-Khwarizmi, and the abacists, who used the abacus as a means of dealing with the unwieldy Roman notation. The oldest dated European manuscript containing Arabic numbers is the Codex Vigilanus written in Spain in 976. In 1202 Leonardo of Pisa (also know as Leonard Fibonacci) published his Liber Abaci, a book of arithmetic and algebraic information. The earliest French manuscript using the new number system was written in 1275. During the 14th century Arabic numerals became widely used by merchants in Italy." [Google] [More]  ⦿

Ishtar Software

Designer of the free Uzbek Cyrillic fonts RusTimesNormal and RusTimesNormalItalic, ca. 1993. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Khalikov Studio
[Sanjar Khalikov]

Bukhara, Uzbekistan-based architect and illustrator. He made several retro fonts in 2019. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Linkor Digital (or: Spacebase)
[Shovkat Kukanbaev]

Tashkent, Uzbekistan-based designer of the horror brush font BlackBeast (a horror brush) (2018). [Google] [MyFonts] [More]  ⦿

Sanjar Khalikov
[Khalikov Studio]

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Shovkat Kukanbaev
[Linkor Digital (or: Spacebase)]

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I quote: "The Sogdian language belongs to the eastern group of the middle iranian languages, along with Sacian, or Saka (spoken in Khotan, China), Bactrian (spoken in present-day Afghanistan) and Chorasmian (spoken in present-day Northern Uzbekistan). It was originally spoken in Sogdiana, a historical region situated around Samarkand. Other languages of this group are Avestan in the old times and Pashto and Ossetian in the modern times. In the first millennium A.D. it has served as a lingua franca of Central Asia, and it was used both as a means of oral communication and for written purposes, in fact since the beginning of the XX century many excavations have brought to light numberless documents composed in this language, that testify its outmost importance and diffusion in that area. It was a literary language for Buddhism in Central Asia, but also for Nestorian Christianism and Manichaeism. This language has not died out after its decadence, but it has evolved into the Yaghnobi language, spoken in Tajikistan by a few thousand people, and it has been replaced as a cultural language by Persian, a western iranian language." See also here. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Introduced at the time of Genghis Khan, the Mongolian script was widely used until 1942, when Stalin proclaimed that Asian nations including Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Mongolia must all use Cyrillic instead of their native script. Within 40 years, traditional script was abandoned and forgotten as new generations began learning only Cyrillic. By 1990, a mere 10 per cent of Mongols, mostly the elderly, could read and write in old script. After the fall of the Soviet Empire in 1990, the country returned to its old script. [Google] [More]  ⦿

Tatar language

Esa Anttikoski's page with Tatar links. Tatar is in the Turkish family of languages and is spoken in the Republic of Tatarstan, in a number of districts in Bashkortostan, Mari El, Udmurtia, Mordovia, in most regions of Russia and in a few districts of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaidzhan, Kirgizia, Tadzhikistan and Turkmenistan. This page has a free Tatar truetype font from Kheter Publishers. Description of some Tatar fonts. [Google] [More]  ⦿


Free Uzbeki, Tatar Cyrillic, Tatar Turkish, Kazak, Bashkirian, Azeri and Turkish fonts. Plus links for all these Turkic languages: Altai, Azerbaijani, Balkar, Bashkir, Chagatay, Chuvash, Cuman, Crimean Tatar, Gagauz, Karachay, Karaim, Kazakh, Khakas, Kumyk, Kyrgyz, Nogay, Old Uyghur, Orkhon, Ottoman, Shor, Tatar, Tofa, Turkish, Turkmen, Tuvan, Uyghur, Uzbek, Yakut, Yellow Uyghur. All of this is maintained by Johan Vandewalle in Belgium. KYRG [Google] [More]  ⦿

Unicode-fonts with Cyrillic letters

Esa Anttikoski's list of Unicode-fonts with Cyrillic letters:

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Commercial Windows XP packages sold with foreign language fonts in TrueType and PostScript, called GlobalSuite, GlobalWriter and GlobalOffice. Includes most foreign languages. For example, in the Cyrillic sphere, they have Bulgarian, Byelorussian, Macedonian, Russian, Serbian, Ukrainian plus over 50 additional Cyrillic languages such as Azeri, Kazakh, Kirghiz, Moldavian, Mongolian, Tadzhik, Tatar, Turkmen and Uzbek. And for North Indian, they have Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi, Nepali, Punjabi, and Sanskrit. [Google] [More]  ⦿