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I need 2 fonts, both of which must look like handwriting: one for the Greek alphabet, and one for Russian (Cyrillic).

Text is meant to be set in 1730, in an old book.

This is a time-sensitive request -- thanks for any help you can provide!



hi Typophiles,
i've just released AndrijScript Cyrillic.
it bases on my own handwriting, fascinated by historical Ukrainian 'skoropys' quick-writing and spiced by few chimeric shapes and unusual Cyrillic ligatures.

welcome see few pictures on
or test-drive on


Hi all,

I'm working on a futuristic game where they've chosen Eurostile for the main font. They're using it in upper case only and need a second font for lower case characters at smaller sizes that supports cyrillic characters.

URW++ seem to do a lot of cyrillic character fonts including Eurostile. I've written to them for licensing details. Does anyone have any recommendations for the second font that would complement it? It most probably needs to be sans serif.

Quite a tall order I think. If its from the URW++ library then all the better as we only need to negotiate the font license with one foundry.

Very grateful for any suggestions.

June 1, 2014. An international type design competition, Modern Cyrillic 2014, has been launched in Russia. Its organisers are ParaType, the premier Russian digital type foundry, and Type, the online typographic journal, both located in Moscow. Modern Cyrillic 2014 is a sequel to Kyrillitsa’99 and Modern Cyrillic 2009, which were organised by Vladimir Yefimov (1949–2012), the art director and one of the founding fathers of ParaType, and Emil Yakupov (1957–2014), ParaType’s CEO.

Cyrillic single-style typefaces, multiple-style type families and type systems developed for body text and/or display composition, and created and/or released after September 15, 2009 are eligible. There is no limit to the number of submissions one may enter in the competition. The deadline for submission is October 24, 2014.

Participation in Modern Cyrillic is open to all. Participants are not subject to any restrictions based on age, education, occupation or proficiency in languages using Cyrillic alphabet. Participation is free: no entry, or hanging, or publication fee will be charged.

Modern Cyrillic 2014 is going to be judged by an international team of experts in Cyrillic type design and typography: Dmitry Aronov, Russia; Gayaneh Bagdasaryan, Russia; Konstantin Golovchenko, Ukraine; Yuri Gordon, Russia; John Hudson, Canada; Alexandra Korolkova, Russia; Natalia Vasilyeva, Russia; Jovica Veljović, Germany; Danila Vorobiev, Russia. The jury is chaired by Maxim Zhukov.

The judging of Modern Cyrillic 2014 is scheduled to take place in Moscow on November 25, 2014. The winning entries will receive honorary certificates ‘For Excellence in Type Design’.

All details—the rules of the competition, the entry form, the instructions for formatting and submission of the entries, the biographies of the judges, information on the liabilities of parties, contact details—can be found on the competition’s Web site,

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Hi I like to find this font

A tex input file to use with XeLaTeX and the corresponding pdf output in order to compare Brill with Times New Roman on a text of width 90mm. Files meant for the thread

The input text is utf8 encoded and should normally have extension .tex.

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Hi everybody,

Im working on a font that includes latin1, hebrew and cyrillic.
I already designed all the glyphs. Now I need to know what should I do before generating the font.
I know is a big question, Im sorry, Im really lost in this step.


I'm making a sans serif with Bulgarian and Serbian glyphs available via locl feature. I've got a question here: since Macedonian before 1945 was considered a Bulgarian dialect, should it use Bulgarian glyphs? Or it is closer to Serbian?

Hi Typophiles,

I'm a publisher and designer and need to establish good type design parameters for Russian books. I don't speak Russian and therefore can't come up with settings that Russian readers would consider ideal for sustained reading. For English text and the usual text faces, the ideal number of characters (including spaces and punctuation) is about 67 per line. Has anyone heard of an ideal number for Russian? Grateful for any lead. :)

I've added cyrillic characters to one of my opentype truetype fonts. This is my first time designing anything beyond Latin 1. How do I generate it in fontlab so that the cyrillic characters are included? These are the questions that I have:

in Font Info>
Encoding and Unicode> I already have 1252 Latin 1 and Macintosh Character Set added here, I'm guessing add 1251 Cyrillic?
What about the Microsoft Character Set drop down menu? Do I leave that Western (Latin 1)?
What about the Mac script and FOND ID drop down menu? Do I leave that as Roman?

in Font Info>
Encoding and Unicode> Custom [cmap] encodings> Do I add anything here?

in Font Info>
Encoding and Unicode> Unicode Ranges> I'm guessing I check Basic Latin, Latin-1 Supplement and then Cyrillic?

anything else I should change in the Font Info box?

In Options> Generating OpenType & TrueType> OpenType TT Encoding> Do I change anything here before generating the font to support Cyrillic?

What about Options> General Options> Unicode and OpenType?
Do I change anything else in Options?

When I start to generate the font:

I go to Codepages mode and at the top left hand corner near the Font Info box, in the next box it says Unicode (I'm guessing I leave that) and then the next box should say? MacOS Roman or MS Windows 1252 Western or MacOS Cyrillic or MS Windows 1251 Cyrillic? I want the font to be Western but support Cyrillic.

Anything else I should know before generating? Does anything change if the font is generated as Opentype Postscript?

Thanks for any help!

Agamemnon began as an experiment I did on Fontographer years ago. I revived it over a year ago and began discussing it here on Typophile. That original thread is here, but has become long and unwieldy, potentially frightening off new critics trying to wade through the history of revisions. I've since moved development of this font to FontForge. The ability to edit with Spiro curve technology has been invaluable!

The font could be categorized as transitional and slab serif. The serifs and horizontal strokes are cupped and curved, creating a visual texture that should maintain legibility at small sizes and great distances. The current weight, though, is a tad awkward; too heavy for a book weight, but not quite a bold.

Over time I have expanded the character set. Once started with a basic MacRoman, I have since expanded it to include most of the Unicode Latin codepages, as well as basic Cyrillic, Greek, and Cherokee, plus Latin small caps, tabular oldstyle figures, fractions, stylistic alternates, special Icelandic ligatures, and a whole lot of currency and miscellaneous symbols.

And the snark, uppercase eszet, ruble sign, & al.

The PDF files attached here are all development version numbered, beginning with version twenty-nine. Earlier revisions are documented in the original thread linked above. The most recent one will have the highest number. Files with the same number are different settings of the same version.

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Pendula™ is an adaptation of Pittorseques Droites (Scenic Casual) found in the circa 1924 specimen book of La Fonderie Typographique Francaise. Changes to a very small number of the original characters were made to make the typeface work better with more languages, as well as for aesthetic reasons. A newly designed Cyrillic character set was added to make the design even more useful, enlarging the character set from the basic Latin set to over 650 glyphs covering seven languages. Pendula™ also includes tabular and proportional number sets plus a bonus set of over thirty monetary symbols. Other international symbols were included too. It is a wonderfully casual and flexible design, usable in many situations.

From Liberty Type Foundry, available at Fontspring

Indices : Designers : David Březina

Czech type designer and typographer, writer, lecturer, the impresario of TypeTalks, and partner at Rosetta Type Foundry. He got Masters degrees in Informatics (Masaryk University, Brno) and Typeface Design ( University of Reading, UK). From 2004 to 2007 he also ran his own design studio, with projects in graphic, web, and interface design. He has been working as an associate with Tiro Typeworks and giving various type workshops around Europe.

His interest in the world’s writing systems and multilingual typeface design and typography manifests in the award-winning, multi-script typeface family Skolar released by TypeTogether. So far, he has designed typefaces for Cyrillic, Greek, Gujarati, Devanagari, and various extensions of Latin.


External Links

Rosetta Type Foundry
Personal web

Genplan Pro is finally released! This my debut on MyFonts.

Genplan Pro is a display family of five typographic layers with a retro feeling. They could be stacked upon each other or could be used separately. Genplan Pro is based on the lettering in the title of the general plan of Moscow of 1935. It supports all European languages including Greek, and many Cyrillic languages including the Asian ones. It has uppercase and small-caps letters.

It also includes currency signs for Russian Rouble, Ukrainan Hryvnia and Kazakh Tenge. It has many alternate glyphs, Ukrainian regular ligatures, discretionary ligatures, language based alternates for Polish (the kreska), Albanian (the shape of J) and Bulgarian (triangular Д and Л).

As a typeface designed for display purposes, it’s great for use in logos and headlines

Get it here

Good morning good people,
My department of designers are aggressively reassessing the brand image of the company we work for, starting with consistency of visual language. The Senior Designer established that the current corporate typeface, Helvetica Neue (or is it properly Neue Helvetica?), is perfectly suitable for our needs. It works quite well with all the various weights and styles for the US market, however our international offices are just frustrated. Characters are missing for the Bosians and the Russians do not have enough variation with the basic cyrillic family they have and so on and so on. Many of the offices have elected to use Myriad Pro as a substitute and it's just destroying our brand objectives. This must stop.
I found this:

...and am curious if I were to purchase licenses for each office, if will be sufficient enough for the US as well. Or would I also need to purchase:

My own view is that it's time for a modern family to be introduced but unfortunately... I am not the shot caller.

Any advice is much appreciated.

I have started designing a Cyrillic character set for my typeface, despite the fact I did not know practically anything about it. However, it was quite a big challenge for me. I have found little resources in books (mostly Russian ones) as well as on the internet and I checked few typefaces which I consider well done. But still, it was quite complicated to find any relevant information.
So I would like to ask you whether you could give me any feedback, I want to move on.
Thank you.

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I've expanded my current project to include the first draft of the Cyrillic character set. I would welcome any feedback and suggestions for improvement.

A few of the glyphs are identical to the equivalent Latin forms (which, I understand, is perfectly acceptable) but, as with the recently added Greek character set, I've avoided bolting together segments from existing Latin glyphs to create a new Cyrillic one.

The first link shows a small sample text in Cyrillic; the second is the full character set from this font thus far, including Latin, Greek and Cyrillic (but not including small caps, alts etc).

Thanks in advance!

I'm looking for an italic font with wide Latin and Cyrillic support that looks similar to this Greek font, GFS Solomos. Here's a sample, Romans 3:21-26 (the first word is in GFS Decker for small caps):

The closest thing I have right now is the italic version of Garamond, but it's not quite right--the strokes are too thin and the letters are too narrow. The sample below compares similar glyphs, GFS Solomos on left, italic Garamond on right:

Thanks so much in advance!