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!
Copyright 2016 by Botio Nikoltchev. All rights reserved.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Typefaces: Milka Free, Milka
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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