Of the families in the Druk collection, Druk Condensed Cyrillic is the most explicit homage to Willy Fleckhaus. Originally designed for the 2011 “Year in Review” issue of Bloomberg Businessweek, its flat sides make letters and words snap together in a clean and satisfying way.
Druk Condensed Cyrillic features three widths in the same Super weight. The Condensed and X Condensed are very graphic, and the XX Condensed can appear almost abstract. Designer Berton Hasebe introduced a purposeful and subtle change to the texture of the typeface by preventing terminals and crossbars from lining up too often on the horizontal axis. This keeps an emphasis on the verticality of the letterforms and prevents words and headlines from becoming monotonous. The maximum point size for this family is limited only by the size of the page; however, minimum sizes should be respected. The Condensed does not work well below 40pt; X Condensed should be used only at 48pt and above; and XX Condensed is limited to 72pt and above.
Copyright 2015 by Berton Hasebe, under exclusive license to Schwartzco Inc./ Commercial Type. All rights reserved.
Specimen: Druk Condensed (PDF, 884 KB)
Specimen: Druk Condensed Cyrillic (PDF)
Berton Hasebe is a type designer living in New York. From 2008 –2013 he worked at Commercial Type, helping to develop typefaces for retail release, and custom typefaces for clients including Bloomberg Businessweek, The New York Times, Nike, and Wallpaper*. Through Commercial Type, he has released the typefaces Druk, Portrait and Platform. Since 2013 he works independently and teaches typography at Parsons The New School for Design. He previously has taught type design at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and the Type@Cooper Extended Program at The Cooper Union in New York. Berton received his bachelors degree in graphic design from Otis College of Art and Design in 2005, and moved to the Netherlands in 2007 to study type design at the Type and Media masters program at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (KABK). His typeface Alda, designed while attending Type and Media, was released by Emigre. Berton’s work has been recognized by the ATypI, BRNO Biennale, TDC, and Tokyo TDC. In 2012 he was featured as one of Print’s New Visual Artists.
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Ilya Ruderman, a type and graphic designer and teacher, lives and works in Moscow. He is a graduate of the Moscow State University of the Printing Arts (2002), where his graduation project was done under the supervision of Alexander Tarbeev. He has a MA degree in type design from the Type & Media program at the Royal Academy of Art in the Hague (2005). After completing the program, he returned to Moscow, where he has collaborated for a number of media: Kommersant, Afisha, Moskovskiye Novosti, Bolshoi Gorod and Men’s Health Russia. In 2005-2007 he was art director for Afisha’s city guidebooks, following which he was art director for RIA-Novosti, a news agency, for several years. Since 2007 he has also supervised the curriculum in type and typography at the British Higher School of Art and Design in Moscow. He has been very active as a consultant on Cyrillic since 2008. In 2014 he founded CSTM Fonts with Yury Ostromentsky.
Typefaces by Ilya Ruderman: BigCity Grotesque Pro, Kazimir, Permian (a typeface-brand for the city of Perm) and Cyrillic versions of: Austin, Dala Floda, Graphik, Marlene, Moscow Sans (as a consultant), Typonine Sans, Thema.
Yury Ostromentsky is a type and graphic designer. He is a graduate of the Moscow State University of the Printing Arts (2002), where his graduation project was done under the supervision of Alexander Tarbeev. He has worked as a designer and art director for publishers and design studios. From 2004 to 2012, he served as art director of the magazine Bolshoi Gorod (Big City), for which he created several display typefaces as well as several original typefaces and Cyrillic versions of Latin fonts in collaboration with Ilya Ruderman. His typefaces were honored at the Contemporary Cyrillic 2009 and 2014 competitions. In 2004 he and Ruderman, Dmitri Yakovlev and Darya Yarzhambek created DailyType, a website. In March 2014, again with Ruderman, he founded CSTM Fonts. Typefaces by Yury Ostromentsky: RIA Typeface, Kazimir, Pilar, BestLife.
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