Botio Nikoltchev

Botio Nikoltchev

Botio Nikoltchev

Botjo Nikoltchev, b. 1978, Sofia, Bulgaria. Botio studied graphic and type design in Potsdam. He is living and working as a freelance designer in Berlin. He studied communication design at the University of Applied Science Potsdam and took type design classes with Luc(as) de Groot. After his studies Botio worked with Ole Schäfer (Primetype) on the Cyrillic characters of PTL Manual, PTL Manual Mono and PTL Notes. Since 2010 he has been collaborating with Ralph du Carrois and Erik Spiekermann as type designer and art director at Carrois Type Design, focusing on Cyrillic, Greek and Arabic language extensions and CI projects. In 2014, he set up the commercial typefoundry Lettersoup.
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Botio Nikoltchev: What Shall Be Done for Bulgarian Cyrillic .loclBGR

In this article I would like to describe the differences between the Bulgarian and Russian Cyrillic. Then I will list the characters you have to include in your fonts if you like to make Bulgarian Cyrillic and the different ways you can make it work with the Open Type features. Lets start with which Letters are different between Russian and Bulgarian Cyrillic. I will specify them for both Sans and Serif typefaces.

.loclBGR for Grotesque Typefaces

Russian Cyrillic
А
Б

В

Г

Д

Е

Ё

Ж

З

И

Й

К

Л

М

Н

О

П

Р

С

Т

У

Ф

Х

Ц

Ч

Ш

Щ

Ъ

Ы

Ь

Э

Ю

Я

Ѝ

а

б

в

г

д

е

ё

ж

з

и

й

к

л

м

н

о

п

р

с

т

у

ф

х

ц

ч

ш

щ

ъ

ы

ь

э

ю

я

ѝ

Bulgarian Modern Cyrillic Script
А

Б

В

Г

Д

Е

Ж

З

И

Й

К

Л

М

Н

О

П

Р

С

Т

У

Ф

Х

Ц

Ч

Ш

Щ

Ъ

Ь

Ю

Я

Ѝ

а

б

в

г

д

е

ж

з

и

й

к

л

м

н

о

п

р

с

т

у

ф

х

ц

ч

ш

щ

ъ

ь

ю

я

ѝ

The red characters are in Russian style and the orange ones in Bulgarian. Please do not forget to include Ѝ and ѝ letter. This characters are needed in the Bulgarian language. The following characters list is all you have to include for loclBGR in your Sans Fonts. Some of the glyphs don’t have to be redesigned in Italics.

  Д (uni0414) is optional
  Ѝ (uni040D)
  Л (uni041B)
  Ф (uni0424) is optional
  в (uni0432)
  г (uni0433)
  д (uni0434)
  ж (uni0436)
  з (uni0437)
  и (uni0438) usually there is no need to redesign in Italic 
  й (uni0439) usually there is no need to redesign in Italic 
  ѝ (uni045D) usually there is no need to redesign in Italic 
  к (uni043A)
  л (uni043B)
  п (uni043F) usually there is no need to redesign in Italic 
  т (uni0442) usually there is no need to redesign in Italic 
  ц (uni0446)
  ш (uni0448) usually there is no need to redesign in Italic 
  щ (uni0449) usually there is no need to redesign in Italic 
  ю (uni044E)

.loclBGR for Serif Typefaces

Russian Cyrillic
А
Б

В

Г

Д

Е

Ё

Ж

З

И

Й

К

Л

М

Н

О

П

Р

С

Т

У

Ф

Х

Ц

Ч

Ш

Щ

Ъ

Ы

Ь

Э

Ю

Я

Ѝ

а

б

в

г

д

е

ё

ж

з

и

й

к

л

м

н

о

п

р

с

т

у

ф

х

ц

ч

ш

щ

ъ

ы

ь

э

ю

я

ѝ

Bulgarian Modern Cyrillic Script
А

Б

В

Г

Д

Е

Ж

З

И

Й

К

Л

М

Н

О

П

Р

С

Т

У

Ф

Х

Ц

Ч

Ш

Щ

Ъ

Ь

Ю

Я

Ѝ

а

б

в

г

д

е

ж

з

и

й

к

л

м

н

о

п

р

с

т

у

ф

х

ц

ч

ш

щ

ъ

ь

ю

я

ѝ

.loclBGR for Serif Typefaces

The following characters-list have to be included in your Serif Fonts. Please consider that the Serif fonts list is a little bit longer. Some of the glyphs don’t have to be redesigned in Italics.

  Д (uni0414) is optional
  И (uni0418)
  Й (uni0419)
  Ѝ (uni040D)
  Л (uni041B)
  Ф (uni0424) is optional

  в (uni0432)
  г (uni0433)
  д (uni0434)
  ж (uni0436)
  з (uni0437)
  и (uni0438) usually there is no need to redesign in Italic
  й (uni0439) usually there is no need to redesign in Italic
  ѝ (uni045D) usually there is no need to redesign in Italic
  к (uni043A)
  л (uni043B)
  н (uni043D)
  п (uni043F) usually there is no need to redesign in Italic
  т (uni0442) usually there is no need to redesign in Italic
  ц (uni0446) usually there is no need to redesign in Italic
  ч (uni0447) usually there is no need to redesign in Italic
  ш (uni0448) usually there is no need to redesign in Italic
  щ (uni0449) usually there is no need to redesign in Italic
  ь (uni044C) usually there is no need to redesign in Italic
  ъ (uni044A) usually there is no need to redesign in Italic
  ю (uni044E)

Historical forms

If you like you can also include some historical forms. They are important for scientific and old texts set before the 1945 spelling reform.

  Ѫ (uni046A)
  ѫ (uni046B)
  Ѣ (uni0462)
  ѣ (uni0463)

How to make .loclBGR work in OpenType

In my opinion there are two ways to make Bulgarian Cyrillic work in your OpenTypes. The first way is use Open Type ’locl’ feature (Localized Forms). You have to add a .loclBGR suffix to all characters which have Bulgarian Cyrillic forms. The second way is to define them as a Stylistic Set. I recommend implementing both features so you can assure that the Bulgarian forms will work properly in all Apps and will also give the opportunity to non-Bulgarian designers to use them without switching the spell check of the text they are working on. So let’s code a little. First you have to make sure that you have the language system in your Font:

 languagesystem cyrl dflt;
 languagesystem cyrl BGR; 

This is how the script should look like for local Bulgarian feature (locl)

  feature locl{ 
  script cyrl;
  language BGR ;
   sub uni0414 by uni0414.loclBGR;
   sub uni041B by uni041B.loclBGR;
   sub uni0424 by uni0424.loclBGR;
   sub uni0432 by uni0432.loclBGR;
   sub uni0433 by uni0433.loclBGR;
   sub uni0434 by uni0434.loclBGR;
   sub uni0436 by uni0436.loclBGR;
   sub uni0437 by uni0437.loclBGR;
   sub uni0438 by uni0438.loclBGR;
   sub uni0439 by uni0439.loclBGR;
   sub uni045D by uni045D.loclBGR;
   sub uni043A by uni043A.loclBGR;
   sub uni043B by uni043B.loclBGR;
   sub uni043F by uni043F.loclBGR;
   sub uni0442 by uni0442.loclBGR;
   sub uni0446 by uni0446.loclBGR;
   sub uni0448 by uni0448.loclBGR;
   sub uni0449 by uni0449.loclBGR;
   sub uni044E by uni044E.loclBGR;
  }locl;

Of course if you like your code to be cleaner, you can make two classes. For example, locl1 class for the Russian characters and locl2 class for the Bulgarian ones. Et voilà! The script looks like this:

  feature locl{ 
  script cyrl;
  language BGR ;
   sub @locl1 by @locl2;
  }locl;

Then you can do the same for the Stylistic Set. For example, I decided to make the Bulgarian Cyrillic as stylistic set 04 (.ss04). I’m using the “ss04” (Stylistic Set 04) in my example but of course you can use any stylistic set from 01 to 20, so in your case it can be “ss01” or “ss07”, depending on how many stylistic sets your font will have.
Please note that it is not necessary to duplicate the characters which you have already made as .lclBGR and then rename them with suffix .ss04.
For that purpose we will just make a little hack in the code:

  feature ss04{ 
   sub uni0414 by uni0414.loclBGR;
   sub uni041B by uni041B.loclBGR;
   sub uni0424 by uni0424.loclBGR;
   sub uni0432 by uni0432.loclBGR;
   sub uni0433 by uni0433.loclBGR;
   sub uni0434 by uni0434.loclBGR;
   sub uni0436 by uni0436.loclBGR;
   sub uni0437 by uni0437.loclBGR;
   sub uni0438 by uni0438.loclBGR;
   sub uni0439 by uni0439.loclBGR;
   sub uni045D by uni045D.loclBGR;
   sub uni043A by uni043A.loclBGR;
   sub uni043B by uni043B.loclBGR;
   sub uni043F by uni043F.loclBGR;
   sub uni0442 by uni0442.loclBGR;
   sub uni0446 by uni0446.loclBGR;
   sub uni0448 by uni0448.loclBGR;
   sub uni0449 by uni0449.loclBGR;
   sub uni044E by uni044E.loclBGR;
  }ss04

For sure you can use also classes:

  feature ss04{
   sub @locl1 by @locl2;
  } ss04

Marks in the Cyrillic Script

Some characters in the Cyrillic script need marks but they do not have a Unicode and actually do not exist as precomposed characters. A nice way to make them work is using Combining Marks. Please note that in that case the kerning might have some issues. I will talk about them a little bit later.

  CyrillicBrevecomb (no unicode)
  Gravecomb (uni0300)
  Acutecomb (uni0301)

The following characters need Anchors so that the combining marks will be positioned properly:

  А (uni0410)
  Г (uni0413)
  Е (uni0415)
  З (uni0417)
  И (uni0418)
  К (uni041A)
  О (uni041E)
  С (uni0421)
  У (uni0423)
  Ъ (uni042A)
  Ю (uni042E)
  Я (uni042F)
  а (uni0430)
  г (uni0433)
  е (uni0435)
  з (uni0437)
  и (uni0438)
  к (uni043A)
  о (uni043E)
  с (uni0441)
  у (uni0443)
  ъ (uni044A)
  ю (uni044E)
  я (uni044F)

You can also create them as precomposed characters and then access them via OT features. This method works in my opinion better but makes the font size bigger. First you have to define three lookups in the Feature Panel/Prefix (if you work with Glyphs App). In FontLab the “prefix” is the down square in the OpenType panel. In the following code example in the last lookup are the actual precomposed characters.

  lookup loclBGRa{
    sub uni0433 by uni0433.loclBGR;
    sub uni043A by uni043A.loclBGR;
    ...
  }loclBGRa;

  lookup loclBGRb{
    sub uni0453 by uni0433.loclBGR acutecomb;
    sub uni045C by uni043A.loclBGR acutecomb;    
    ...
  }loclBGRb;

  lookup loclBGRc{
    sub uni0433.loclBGR acutecomb by uni0433_acutecomb.loclBGR;
    sub uni043A.loclBGR acutecomb by uni043A_acutecomb.loclBGR;
    ...
  }loclBGRc;

Ok, then we can use this lookups in every feature that we need. In our particular case we defined Bulgarian Cyrillic as .loclBGR and .ss04. For the local feature the code will look like this:

  feature locl{
    script cyrl;
    language BGR;
    lookup loclBGRa;
    lookup loclBGRb;
    lookup loclBGRc;
  }locl;

And for the stylisic set 04 like this:

  feature ss04{
    lookup loclBGRa;
    lookup loclBGRb;
    lookup loclBGRc;
  }ss04;

The Future

Let’s talk a little bit about the future. Cyrillic Script is still evolving nowadays. The type-designers go different ways to solve its issues. That is one of the main reasons why we have Bulgarian and Russian Cyrillic. Actually I am not a big fan of this division. In my opinion there is just one Cyrillic with different solutions, which is quite nice in the complex world we live in. I often hear from Russian and Western type-designers that they do like the so-called Bulgarian forms. And that’s why I asked myself how would it be possible to use both designs not just as local forms but as the entire Cyrillic Extended. One way would be to include all the characters which have different forms:

  ѓ ќ ґ ғ җ ҙ қ ҝ ҡ

double (with Russian and Bulgarian form) and then define them in the features as I described above. This will expand the Font and increase the file size. Another possibility or idea, which is based on the ttfdiet tool made by Adam Twardoch and Karsten Lücke, would be to use the ccmp’ feature, but which can also be used in other features like “locl” and ”ss04”. Then the feature code will look like this:

  feature locl{
    script cyrl; 
    language BGR;
    lookup loclBGRa{
     sub uni0433 by uni0433.loclBGR;  
     sub uni043A by uni043A.loclBGR; ... 
    } loclBGRa;   
    lookup loclBGRb {  
     sub uni0453 by uni0433.loclBGR acutecomb;  
     sub uni045C by uni043A.loclBGR acutecomb; ... 
    }loclBGRb;
   }locl;

Many years ago in a hardware store I read this quote: “ If your computer does not cause any problems it is already too old.” That seems to be true for all new developments. The method above is not an exception. The main issue is with the kerning. For example, we have the character ”ӑ” which is actually compounded from two characters: the Cyrillic letter “a” (uni0430) and the cyrillic breve “˘” That means that the text-engine will not interpret the combinations as a “letter, a-breve, letter” but as “letter, a-cyrillic, breve-cyrillic, letter”. This causes two types of problems with the kerning. The first problem appears with combinations like ”T,ӑ-cyrillic” which will be interpreted as “T, a-cyrillic, breve-cyrillic” by the text-engine. This means that we will have the kerning value of ”T,a-cyrillic” thus the “T” might end rather close to the breve – . Second problem is with combinations like ”ӑk” which will be interpreted as “a-cyrillic, breve- cyrillic, k-cyrillic” as a result we will have no kerning (it does not make any sense to kern combining marks). There is a possibility to set „lookupflag IgnoreMarks;“ in the kerning feature. The marks between two characters will be ignored from the text engine. In this particular example we will have the kerning value of ”ak”.Another approach is the so called contextual kerning “kern ‘Ta’ by +20 if ‘a’ is followed by a combining Mark”. The only App which provides UI for making contextual kerning is Microsoft VOLT. So as you see we still have a lot to do for the Cyrillic Script in technical and in design aspect.

8 July 2016

Botio Nikoltchev

Originally published at LETTERSOUP.DE
Republished with the permission of the author

Milka Peikova

Milka Peikova

Milka Peikova

Milka Peikova (b. 1919, Pavel, Bulgaria, d. 2016, Sofia, Bulgaria) was a famous Bulgarian artist. She created paintings, posters, book covers, portraits of famous Bulgarians, textile designs and alphabets, both individually and together with her husband Georgi Kovachev-Grishata (1920-2012). She is a graduate of the Bulgarian National Art Academy, class of 1948. She founded Cosmos magazine and designed for the Women Today and Problems of Art magazines.
In 1979, she designed an alphabet that was extended to an 8-style Latin / Greek / Cyrillic stencil typeface—Milka (2016)—by a team of designers at Lettersoup that includes Ani Petrova, Botio Nikoltchev, Adam Twardoch and Andreas Eigendorf. The basic Milka font is a clean stencil design, while the Aged, Baked, Brittle, Crunchy, Dry and Soft styles are inspired by stencil and letterpress techniques and expand the usefulness by adding various degrees of warmth or roughness.
Milka Peikova also designed the first Bulgarian typeface for phototypesetting called Grilimil with her husband Georgi Kovachev-Grishata. She is the recipient of the first prize for a typeface at the Bulgarian National Book Exhibition and Illustration.
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Authors

A

Adam Katyi
Adam Twardoch
Adrian Frutiger
Akira Kobayashi
Alberto Romanos
Alexei Vanyashin
Alexander Nedelev
Andreas Eigendorf
Andrij Shevchenko
Ani Petrova
Ania Wieluńska
Apostrophic Labs
Asen Tiberiy Baramov

B

Berthold Wolpe
Berton Hasebe
Borys Kosmynka
Botio Nikoltchev

C

Charles Borges de Oliveira
Charles Gibbons
Chris Simpkins
Christian Schwartz
Christian Thalmann

D

Dave Rowland
David Březina
David Jonathan Ross
Denis A Serikov
Dmitriy Chirkov
Dmitry Goloub

E

Eduardo Manso
Eimantas Paškonis
Elena Kowalski

F

Fredrick R. Brennan

G

Galin Kastelov

H

HermesSOFT
Hubert Jocham

I

Ilya Ruderman
Irene Vlachou
Irina Smirnova
Iste Fonts [ Yuri Zabavchik ]
Ivan Petrov

J

Jacklina Jekova
Jakob Runge
Jason Smith
Jean-Baptiste Levée
Jonathan Pierini
Jos Buivenga

K

Kiril Zlatkov
Kostas Bartsokas

L

Lasko Dzurovski
Laura Meseguer
Lisa Fischbach

M

Maciej Włoczewski
Mariya Domnikova
Maria Doreuli
Mariya V. Pigoulevskaya
Mark Simonson
Mateo Broillet
Mateusz Machalski
Matthias Tellen
Michał Jarociński
Miles Newlyn
Milka Peikova
Milos Mitrovic
Mirela Belova

N

Nick Shinn
Nikola Djurek
Nikolay Petrousenko

O

Olga Pankova

P

Panos Haratzopoulos [ Cannibal Fonts ]
Paul Barnes
Peter Biľak
Phil Garnham
Plamen Motev
Przemek Hoffer

R

Radomir Tinkov
Raph Levien
Riccardo Olocco
Ross Milne

S

Sam Radian
Sergiy Tkachenko
Skyhaven
Sláva Jevčinová
Stan Partalev
Steve Matteson
Svet Simov
Svetlin Balezdrov
Swiss Typefaces [ Ian Party ]

T

Thomas Käding
Titus Nemeth
Tobias Frere-Jones
Tom Grace
Toshi Omagari

V

Vaibhav Singh
Vasil Stanev
Vassil Kateliev
Veronika Slavova
Vincent Chan

Y

Yoann Minet
Yury Ostromentsky
 
 

Milka

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Description

Milka is an 8-style stencil font family created by a team of designers born within the span of almost 70 years. It is a digital expansion on an alphabet designed in 1979 by the famous Bulgarian artist Milka Peikova.

The basic Milka font is a clean stencil design, while the Aged, Baked, Brittle, Crunchy, Dry and Soft styles are inspired by stencil and letterpress techniques and expand the usefulness by adding various degrees of warmth or roughness. The Milka font family has extensive Latin, Cyrillic and Greek character set support including localized forms for Russian and Bulgarian as well as numerous OpenType features.

Since 2014, Berlin-based Bulgarian type designer Botio Nikoltchev has been working with three Bulgarian female designers (the original designer Milka Peikova, who passed away in 2016 at the age of 96, and with Ani Petrova and Anelia Pashova, both from a young generation), as well as with Berlin-based Adam Twardoch and Andreas Eigendorf to create a modern revival of Ms Peikova’s inspiring stencil alphabet. Milka Peikova (1919-2016) was one of Bulgaria’s most famous female artists whose work has influenced several generations of Bulgarian designers. During her impressive career spanning almost seven decades, she created paintings, posters, book covers, textile designs and alphabets, both individually and together with her husband Georgi Kovachev-Grishata (1920–2012).

To try Milka in your project, download the Milka Free (uppercase-only) version!

Design, Publisher, Copyright, License

Design: Milka Peikova, Botio Nikoltchev , Ani Petrova , Adam Twardoch , Andreas Eigendorf

Publisher: Lettersoup

Copyright 2016 by Botio Nikoltchev. All rights reserved.

Specimen: Milka

Milka Peikova

Milka Peikova

Milka Peikova (b. 1919, Pavel, Bulgaria, d. 2016, Sofia, Bulgaria) was a famous Bulgarian artist. She created paintings, posters, book covers, portraits of famous Bulgarians, textile designs and alphabets, both individually and together with her husband Georgi Kovachev-Grishata (1920-2012). She is a graduate of the Bulgarian National Art Academy, class of 1948. She founded Cosmos magazine and designed for the Women Today and Problems of Art magazines.
In 1979, she designed an alphabet that was extended to an 8-style Latin / Greek / Cyrillic stencil typeface—Milka (2016)—by a team of designers at Lettersoup that includes Ani Petrova, Botio Nikoltchev, Adam Twardoch and Andreas Eigendorf. The basic Milka font is a clean stencil design, while the Aged, Baked, Brittle, Crunchy, Dry and Soft styles are inspired by stencil and letterpress techniques and expand the usefulness by adding various degrees of warmth or roughness.
Milka Peikova also designed the first Bulgarian typeface for phototypesetting called Grilimil with her husband Georgi Kovachev-Grishata. She is the recipient of the first prize for a typeface at the Bulgarian National Book Exhibition and Illustration.
More… LUC DEVROYE | TYPE DESIGN INFORMATION


Botio Nikoltchev

Botio Nikoltchev

Botjo Nikoltchev, b. 1978, Sofia, Bulgaria. Botio studied graphic and type design in Potsdam. He is living and working as a freelance designer in Berlin. He studied communication design at the University of Applied Science Potsdam and took type design classes with Luc(as) de Groot. After his studies Botio worked with Ole Schäfer (Primetype) on the Cyrillic characters of PTL Manual, PTL Manual Mono and PTL Notes. Since 2010 he has been collaborating with Ralph du Carrois and Erik Spiekermann as type designer and art director at Carrois Type Design, focusing on Cyrillic, Greek and Arabic language extensions and CI projects. In 2014, he set up the commercial typefoundry Lettersoup.
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Ani Petrova

Ani Petrova

Type designer, b. 1988, Sofia, Bulgaria, who works at Fontfabric, Svetoslav Simov’s typefoundry. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at The National Academy of Art in Sofia. In 2014 she obtained a Master’s degree in type design.
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Adam Twardoch

Adam Twardoch

Adam Twardoch (b. 1975) was raised in Tychy, Poland, and graduated from the University of Frankfurt/Oder, Germany. He worked at for Agentur GmbH, a Frankfurt/Oder-based design firm. Since 1991, Adam has advised numerous type designers on Central European extensions of their typefaces and has created localized versions of over fifty fonts. He frequently writes on type-related matters, and is the founder of Font.org, a (now defunct) website featuring articles about typography in English and Polish. Adam Twardoch is Director of Products of FontLab (since 2004), and is typographic consultant at Linotype (since 2002) and Tiro Typeworks (since 2001), and general font specialist at MyFonts (2000-2012). Since 2012 he is based in Berlin. Adam Twardoch is working in the field of font technology, multilingual typography, CSS webfonts, Unicode and OpenType.
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Andreas Eigendorf

Andreas Eigendorf

Berlin, Germany-based font engineer. Designer of several CE versions of FontFont fonts, such as the CE versions of Ole Schaefer’s Fago: FF Fago Office Sans CE, Fago Office Serif CE (2000).

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Design studio SomeOne explored a number of options for typefaces. It was important that the chosen typeface could portray Parliament’s vast heritage as well help to reflect it being an inclusive and modern organisation. Two typefaces were choosen: Register (A2 Type Foundry) and National (Klim Type Foundry), which work well as a combination or individually.
The House of Commons and House of Lords will continue to use their own, existing visual identities.
The visual identity of The House of Commons – PDF

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Type.Today Journal

23 November 2017

First Prize
First Prize now comes with enhanced versatility

Valery Golyzhenkov’s First Prize typeface has been considerably extended, to include as many as 27 styles, announcded Type.Today Journal! Three bold styles have been complemented by lighter styles and an additional line of narrowed styles. First Prize now comes with enhanced versatility and a wider range of application options.
Specimen

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Type.Today Journal

October 2017

Druk
New typeface: Druk

Druk is a study in extremes, featuring the narrowest, widest, and heaviest typefaces in the Commercial Type library to date. Starting from Medium and going up to Super, Druk is uncompromisingly bold.
Specimen

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Robert Slimbach: Introducing Ten Oldstyle

Adobe Typekit Blog

27 November 2017

Ten Oldstyle

Robert Slimbach: “As type usage becomes increasingly globalized, type designers are increasingly called upon to extend the language coverage of their typefaces.
As a Western type designer, I’m often challenged to design non-Latin extensions for both new and existing designs. Because Latin has always been my initial focus, I’m used to adapting non-Latin scripts to work within Western typographic standards. In doing so, I seek to balance script compatibility with script authenticity. With the Ten Oldstyle project, the tables had turned, and I was now being called upon to develop a Latin roman design to accompany the new Ten Mincho font that was being developed by Adobe …”

Robert Slimbach
Robert Slimbach

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Welcome IBM Plex, Farewell Helvetica

Local Fonts News

24 November 2017

https://youtu.be/xcs9snQnkJs

IBM launched in beta its new bespoke typeface IBM Plex and thus said farewell to Helvetic.
“When I came to IBM, explains Mike Abbink (the typeface’s designer and IBM’s executive creative director of brand experience and design), it was a big discussion: Why does IBM not have a bespoke typeface? Why are we still clinging on to Helvetica? The way we speak to people and the conversations we need to have and we’d like to have, is that still the right way to express ourselves? We should really design a typeface that really reflects our belief system and make it relevant to people now. Helvetica is a child of a particular sect of modernist thinking that’s gone today.”
So, Mike Abbink and his team made it. The new IBM bespoke font family is IBM Plex. And it is free. Really! Free to download, free to use. Free under SIL Open Font License. Go to Github and you will realize that this is true.
The new visual history of IBM that starts with IBM Plex is open minded to people.
“If shoe stores or coffee shops or small businesses are using it for their identity, awesome,” Abbink says in the video. “They’re agreeing they want to be part of a discussion around machines and how they’re going to evolve and progress our world.”

See also: Carbon Design System

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Ilya Ruderman for Yandex Sans and Serif

Ilya Ruderman

18 November 2017

Ilya Ruderman tells about the creation of a Yandex Sans and Yandex Serif fonts (the video is in Russian).

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Svobodny font

Aleksandr Andreev, Github

22 November 2017

Svobodny is a new implementation of GNU FreeFont. The purpose of this project is to provide a font that “looks” like Times New Roman, but contains all of the necessary characters and font features for typesetting Church Slavonic, as well as Greek, Georgian, Arabic, Armenian, Coptic, Syriac, and other scripts used by researchers in Byzantine Studies, theology, liturgics, philology, and related fields. This is because many publishers require texts to be set in “Times New Roman”. Based on GNU FreeFont, which provides a useful set of free scalable (i.e., OpenType) fonts covering as much as possible of the ISO 10646/Unicode UCS (Universal Character Set), Svobodny font extends upon GNU FreeFont by providing a number of additional features not available in GNU FreeFont:

  • Full compatibility with Adobe Glyph List
  • Support of proper glyph composition / decomposition and positioning needed for Church Slavonic support
  • Support of the Ponomar Project Private Use Area policy

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Pacifico now has Cyrillic Script

Google Fonts

1 November 2017

Pacifico
Pacifico

Aloha! Pacifico is an original and fun brush script handwriting font by Vernon Adams which was inspired by the 1950s American surf culture in 2011. It was redrawn by Jacques Le Bailly at Baron von Fonthausen in 2016. It was expanded to Cyrillic by Botjo Nikoltchev and Ani Petrova at Lettersoup in 2017.

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Bw Modelica goes pan-European

BwType News

9 August 2017

Bw Modelica

Please welcome the upgraded Bw Modelica LGC, which stands for Latin, Greek and Cyrillic. Initially released supporting all Latin European languages, we just expanded the character set to cover Greek and Cyrillic scripts (including Bulgarian, Serbian, Macedonian letterform model). The Bw Modelica font family is available in different subsets so you don’t have to license for characters you are never going to use. It also has a dedicated microsite where you can test all the different character sets available in one place. Designed by Alberto Romanos, Bw Modelica is a minimal, robust, reliable & pragmatic geometric sans. Its clean shapes and generous x-height makes it a very competent typeface for both, display and body copy purposes.

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Variation-specific font-family names in IE 6-8

Adobe Typekit Blog

27 June 2017

Variation-specific font-family names in IE 6-8

Sean McBridge announced on Adobe Typekit Blog an improvement in support for older versions of Internet Explorer. The new published kits now serves additional variation-specific font-family names to IE 6-8. This makes it possible to work around bugs in these browsers that are triggered when multiple weights and styles of a single font family are used in the same kit, explain Sean McBridge. Most importantly, these additional font-family names make it possible to use more than four weights and styles of a single font family in IE 6-8.

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Media News

Guardian

15 January 2018

Guardian
The Guardian with the design experts Commercial Type introduce a font called Guardian Headline

On Monday 15 January, The Guardian unveil a new look theguardian.com and Guardian app in line with the launch of The Guardian in tabloid print format. Katharine Viner: We have thought carefully about how our use of typography, colour and images can support and enhance Guardian journalism. We have introduced a font called Guardian Headline that is simple, confident and impactful. This was a collaboration with the design experts Commercial Type, who created the original Guardian Egyptian, and is easier to read. We’re using a range of energetic colours, and the much-loved Guardian visual wit and style remain at the heart of the look. The masthead has a renewed strength and confidence to represent the Guardian’s place and mission in these challenging times.

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Type Journal

14 December 2017

Yuri Yarmola
An interview with Yuri Yarmola on font designer tools, Photoshop effect and FontLab VI

in connection with the completion of the FontLab VI and its release for sale the Russian online magazine ‘Type Journal’ publishes an extensive and very curious interview with Yuri Yarmola (text in Russian).

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GlyphMorf

Local Fonts News

30 November 2017

GlyphMorf

Thom Janssen introduced on Github the GlyphMorf. GlyphMorf is an experimental way for making parametric adjustments for a font, in RoboFont. Downloading GlyphMorf Extension is free. Using GlyphMorf in a professional environment is not.
GlyphMorf analyses the glyph drawing and extract parameters out of it. By redrawing the glyph with different parameters you get different new glyphs / fonts. The drawing should be so that every point on the contour can be paired with an other point in the same contour on the other side of the stem/stroke. This means that all contours must have an even number of points. The starting point marks the beginning of the inner or outer part of the contour, depends a bit on the design. See image, the selected (orange) segments show the first half of the contours.

GlyphMorf

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Nunito Sans with Cyrillic Extended

Local Fonts News

29 November 2017

Nunito Sans

Ninito Sans is coming soon with Cyrillic Extended thanks to Alexei Vanyashin.

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November fonts selection

Local Fonts News

27 November 2017

TT TunnelsTT Tunnels by Typetype is a display sans font family. This typeface has five styles.

AsketAsket by Elena Kowalski is a sans serif typeface with Latin and Cyrillic scripts.

Bw Modelica LGCBw Modelica LGC by Alberto Romanos is a sans serif typeface with Latin, Greek and Cyrillic scripts.

AdysAdys by Kristina Kostova is designed to help people who suffer from dyslexia in minor stages. However, it does not create any discomfort for people who do not have any specific symptoms. This is what makes it suitable for widespread use.

AvertaAverta by Kostas Bartsokas comes in eight weights with matching italics and supports over two hundred languages with an extended Latin, Cyrillic (Russian, Bulgarian, and Serbian/Macedonian alternates), Greek and Vietnamese character set.

CombaxCombax by Vasil Stanev is a text font with a wide language support and special care for localization. Featuring Cyrillic and also extended Latin, it’s one weight is rich in ligatures, punctuation and symbols and also careful coding. Playful yet robust, it is the perfect choice when you are loking for a Comic Sans replacement.

Wind, a Layered Typeface for Optical Illusions

Typotheque

23 November 2017

Typotheque announced the issue of Wind – a capital-only display typeface by Hansje van Halem for intricate headlines, and optical effects.
Wind is the first published typeface of Amsterdam-based book and graphic designer Hansje van Halem. Like her other work, which is highly experimental, it uses vivid colours and intricately detailed patterns to create unexpected optical illusions, and its various layers can be combined and overlaid to create vibrant, hypnotic patterns.

WindWindWind

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OpenType Design Variation Axis Tags

Microsoft, Github

22 November 2017

This GitHub repository is used for discussion and review of proposals for registration of OpenType design-variation axis tags.

Why register a design-variation axis?

OpenType supports custom or “foundry-defined” axes, allowing any font developer to create a font with whatever axes they wish (provided the syntactic requirements for a custom tag are met). So, why bother going through the process to register an axis? The short answer is that it can provide better experiences for end users and create opportunities for font and application developers.

While a font family design can be varied in any number of arbitrary ways, there are some kinds of variation that can seem useful and interesting to many different foundries. With custom axes, different foundries could create families with the same kinds of design variants, but because they have each identified the same variants in different ways, applications have no way to interact with particular variants, and users have inconsistent experiences.

A registered axis provides two key benefits over custom axes:

  • It fosters conventionality and familiarity.
  • It facilitates interoperability.

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Gospels of Tsar Ivan Alexander

WIKIPEDIA

1 November 2017

Gospels of Tsar Ivan Alexander
Gospels of Tsar Ivan Alexander

Review the Gospels of Tsar Ivan Alexander at British Library.

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Pacifico

Pacifico

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(EN) The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog. (NL) Op brute wijze ving de schooljuf de quasi-kalme lynx. (CS) Nechť již hříšné saxofony ďáblů rozezvučí síň úděsnými tóny waltzu, tanga a quickstepu. (HU) Jó foxim és don Quijote húszwattos lámpánál ülve egy pár bűvös cipőt készít. (RO) Înjurând pițigăiat, zoofobul comandă vexat whisky și tequila. (RU) Разъяренный чтец эгоистично бьёт пятью жердями шустрого фехтовальщика. (BG) Огньове изгаряха с блуждаещи пламъци любовта човешка на Орфей. (SR) Фијуче ветар у шибљу, леди пасаже и куће иза њих и гунђа у оџацима. (EL) Ταχίστη αλώπηξ βαφής ψημένη γη, δρασκελίζει υπέρ νωθρού κυνός. Type your own text to test the font!
  Description

Aloha! Pacifico is an original and fun brush script handwriting font by Vernon Adams which was inspired by the 1950s American surf culture in 2011. It was redrawn by Jacques Le Bailly at Baron von Fonthausen in 2016. It was expanded to Cyrillic by Botjo Nikoltchev and Ani Petrova at Lettersoup in 2017.

Vernon practiced typeface design from 2007 to 2014. A lifelong artist, during this time he eagerly explored designing type for the cloud-based era. His work spans all genres, from lively script faces to workhorse text families and operating system UI. Vernon graduated with an MA in Typeface Design from the University of Reading and lives in California. His designs are mostly published as open source Google Fonts and his favorite projects include Oxygen Mono, Monda, and Bowlby One. Follow his story at www.sansoxygen.com.

Principal design: Vernon Adams

Design: Jacques Le Bailly, Botjo Nikoltchev, Ani Petrova

License: SIL OPEN FONT LICENSE

Permissions: Private use Commercial use Modification Distribution
Limitations: Liability Warranty
Conditions: License and copyright notice Same license

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Milka Free

Milka Free
  Description

Milka is an 8-style stencil font family created by a team of designers born within the span of almost 70 years. It is a digital expansion on an alphabet designed in 1979 by the famous Bulgarian artist Milka Peikova.

The basic Milka font is a clean stencil design, while the Aged, Baked, Brittle, Crunchy, Dry and Soft styles are inspired by stencil and letterpress techniques and expand the usefulness by adding various degrees of warmth or roughness. The Milka font family has extensive Latin, Cyrillic and Greek character set support including localized forms for Russian and Bulgarian as well as numerous OpenType features.

Since 2014, Berlin-based Bulgarian type designer Botio Nikoltchev has been working with three Bulgarian female designers (the original designer Milka Peikova, who passed away in 2016 at the age of 96, and with Ani Petrova and Anelia Pashova, both from a young generation), as well as with Berlin-based Adam Twardoch and Andreas Eigendorf to create a modern revival of Ms Peikova’s inspiring stencil alphabet. Milka Peikova (1919-2016) was one of Bulgaria’s most famous female artists whose work has influenced several generations of Bulgarian designers. During her impressive career spanning almost seven decades, she created paintings, posters, book covers, textile designs and alphabets, both individually and together with her husband Georgi Kovachev-Grishata (1920–2012).

To try Milka in your project, download the Milka Free (uppercase-only) version at MyFonts!

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Ropa Mix Pro (2 free fonts)

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Description

Ropa Mix Pro is the third charming sister of the Ropa Type System. While Ropa Sans is cool and somewhat technical – almost like brushed steel and Ropa Soft Pro warm and friendly – closer to smoked wood, the new Ropa Mix Pro family combines the characteristics of its both older sisters.

The medium weights of Ropa Mix Pro serve well in body text, while the thinner and bolder styles make an excellent choice for headlines. Fonts from the Ropa Mix, Soft and Sans families can be used together to create a richer mix, and the humanistic italics round up the typographic system with additional quirky flavor.

To continue with the tradition established by Ropa Sans Pro and Ropa Soft, two styles of Ropa Mix Pro are available free of charge: the smooth and understated Regular Italic and the strikingly distinct Extra Bold Italic.

Ropa Mix Pro provides advanced typographical support with features such as case-sensitive forms, fractions, super and subscript characters, and stylistic alternates. It comes with a complete range of old style and lining figures, witch are in tabular and proportional widths. In addition to an extensive coverage of Latin-based languages, Ropa Mix Pro provides essential support for the Cyrillic and Greek writing systems. It is manually hinted and optimized for screens, hence it has an excellent web-font, eBooks or Apps performance.

Design, Publisher, Copyright, License

Design: Botio Nikoltchev

Publisher: Lettersoup

Copyright 2016 by Botio Nikoltchev. All rights reserved.

Botio Nikoltchev

Botio Nikoltchev

Botjo Nikoltchev, b. 1978, Sofia, Bulgaria. Botio studied graphic and type design in Potsdam. He is living and working as a freelance designer in Berlin. He studied communication design at the University of Applied Science Potsdam and took type design classes with Luc(as) de Groot. After his studies Botio worked with Ole Schäfer (Primetype) on the Cyrillic characters of PTL Manual, PTL Manual Mono and PTL Notes. Since 2010 he has been collaborating with Ralph du Carrois and Erik Spiekermann as type designer and art director at Carrois Type Design, focusing on Cyrillic, Greek and Arabic language extensions and CI projects. In 2014, he set up the commercial typefoundry Lettersoup.
More… LUC DEVROYE | TYPE DESIGN INFORMATION

Free font download (Ropa Mix Pro Italic, Ropa Mix Pro Extra Bold Italic)

Where to download: Lettersoup

Commercial License Buy

Where to buy: Lettersoup

Where to buy: Fontspring

Where to buy: MyFonts

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Ropa Soft Pro

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Description

Ropa Soft Pro is Ropa Sans Pro’s charming sister. While Ropa Sans is cool and somewhat technical, almost like brushed steel, the new Ropa Soft Pro family brings a warm and friendly feel, closer to smoked wood, through its rounded corners.

The medium weights of Ropa Sans Pro serve well in body text, while the thinner and bolder styles make an excellent choice for headlines. Fonts from the Ropa Soft and Sans families can be used together to create a richer mix, and the humanistic italics round up the typographic system with additional quirky flavor.

To continue with the tradition established by Ropa Sans Pro, two styles of Ropa Soft Pro are available free of charge: the smooth and understated Regular and the strikingly distinct Extra Bold Italic.

Ropa Soft Pro provides advanced typographical support with features such as case-sensitive forms, fractions, super and subscript characters, and stylistic alternates. It comes with a complete range of old style and lining figures, witch are in tabular and proportional widths. In addition to an extensive coverage of Latin-based languages, Ropa Soft Pro provides essential support for the Cyrillic and Greek writing systems. It is manually hinted and optimized for screens, hence it has an excellent web-font, eBooks or Apps performance.

Design, Publisher, Copyright, License

Design: Botio Nikoltchev

Publisher: Lettersoup

Copyright 2016 by Botio Nikoltchev. All rights reserved.

Botio Nikoltchev

Botio Nikoltchev

Botjo Nikoltchev, b. 1978, Sofia, Bulgaria. Botio studied graphic and type design in Potsdam. He is living and working as a freelance designer in Berlin. He studied communication design at the University of Applied Science Potsdam and took type design classes with Luc(as) de Groot. After his studies Botio worked with Ole Schäfer (Primetype) on the Cyrillic characters of PTL Manual, PTL Manual Mono and PTL Notes. Since 2010 he has been collaborating with Ralph du Carrois and Erik Spiekermann as type designer and art director at Carrois Type Design, focusing on Cyrillic, Greek and Arabic language extensions and CI projects. In 2014, he set up the commercial typefoundry Lettersoup.
More… LUC DEVROYE | TYPE DESIGN INFORMATION

Free font download (Ropa Soft Pro Regular, Ropa Soft Pro ExtraBold Italic)

Where to download: Lettersoup

Commercial License

Where to buy: Lettersoup

Where to buy: Fontspring

Where to buy: MyFonts

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