Svet Simov

Svet Simov

Svet Simov

Fontfabric is the foundry of Svetoslav Simov, a visual designer who is located in Sofia, Bulgaria, b. 1984. Highly innovative designer whose creations have lots of style and flair. Many fonts are for both Latin and Cyrillic.

МЯСТОТО НА БЪЛГАРСКОТО ШРИФТОВО ИЗКУСТВО Е НА СВЕТОВНАТА СЦЕНА

15 октомври 2020
ИНТЕРВЮ със Светослав Симов и Пламен Мотев | ФОНТФАБРИК
ВЪПРОСИ: Стефан Пеев
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Svetoslav Simov and Plamen Motev
Светослав Симов (директор и основател, вляво) и Пламен Мотев (шрифт директор, вдясно) от българското типографско студио Fontfabric говорят за ролята на българската кирилица и значението на родното типографско изкуство на глобално ниво.

Fontfabric процъфтява като независимo шрифтово студио в България, посветено на изработването на световни шрифтове вече повече от 12 години. Черпейки вдъхновение както от аналоговите, така и от цифровите типографски практики, компактен екип от талантливи дизайнери има за цел да създава устойчиви иновативни шрифтове за водещи проекти. Българската кирилица е наследството, което студиото се надява да популяризира и остави за бъдещите поколения у нас и на световната сцена.

Fontfabric

Fontfabric започва своята история през 2008 г. – една година, след като България е приета в ЕС и след като опитите за утвърждаването на българската форма на кирилица като национална идентичност на България в ЕС се провалят. Защо според вас този опит е неуспешен? Какво недостига на българската форма на кирилица да бъде окончателно утвърдена в България и в международен план?

ПМ: Може би липсва културна и икономическа тежест, която да засвидетелства легитимността на нашите намерения. Нашата цел е да възродим и продължим делото на Васил Йончев, Васил Бараков, Стефан Кънчев, Борис Ангелушев, Кирил Гогов — творци, дали изключително много, за да стигнем до развитието си днес. Бихме искали да наложим овалната кирилица като трайна и устойчива форма на националната ни идентичност.

24 of May

ПМ: България има богата история и ключова роля във възникването и развитието на кирилицата, редно е нашият принос да продължава. Нека не забравяме, че именно Наум и Климент (двамата изявени ученици на светите братя Кирил и Методий) работят усилено по новата писменост с благословението на тогавашния български владетел цар Борис I.

Ustav

ПМ: За съжаление, правителството не заявява категоричната си подкрепа към това начинание. Политическата воля отсъства. Няма как да очакваме международните кабинети да обръщат внимание на българската култура, ако самите ние не заставаме зад тези идеи. Посетете уеб сайта на Министерството на културата и вижте как е организиран и проектиран. Излишно е да споменавам, че използваната форма на кирилица е традиционната руска, а не българската.

Въпреки това овалната форма на кирилицата се радва на популярност в средите на дизайнери и разработчици. Все повече печатни издания и уеб сайтове ползват българска форма на кирилица. Редовно получаваме въпроси за формата и нейните конструктивни особености.

Ние правим всичко по силите си за нейното популяризиране. Може да погледнете и кратката ни историческа справка, посветена на кирилицата.

Bulgarian Cyrillic

СС: Мисля, че нещата изначално винаги тръгват отвътре навън. Просто трябва да погледнем къде е нашата страна спрямо Европа и останалия свят в геополитическо измерение и ще си отговорим на въпроса.

Имаме ли смелостта да се изправим с позиция и самочувствие на република със славна история и голям потенциал, то тогава ще можем спокойно да запечатаме тази си идентичност с облата и естетически издържана наша кирилица. Да започнем да ценим себе си, за да ни уважават и зачитат и навън. Запазването и цененето на културното ни наследство, изградено от имената, изредени по-горе – това значи национално самосъзнание и самочувствие. Продължителното неглижиране и нехайство към въпроса за утвърждаването на кирилицата ни само ще ни връща назад – там, откъдето другите идват.

Коя вълна в историята на шрифтовото изкуство в България е Fontfabric? Как ситуирате Fontfabric в контекста на историята на шрифтовото изкуство в България?

ПМ: Fontfabric е активен участник в дигиталната революция, повлияла включително и шрифт индустрията. Достъпността до софтуер и пазарни посредници като MyFonts направиха шрифтовото изкуство достъпно за глобален кръг от хора.

Паралелно с това невероятната скорост и свързаност, която имаме в днешно време, извади на показ шрифтовото изкуство и даде пряка връзка до него на дизайнери, които доскоро са го считали за елитарно и недостъпно.

Fontfabric past and future

СС: Спокойно мога да кажа, че Fontfabric даде тон, вдъхновение и начало на новата вълна от шрифт дизайнери и студиа по времето на т. нар. преход за България (периодът, започнал след 1989 г.) или дигиталната ера, погледнато в световен мащаб.

Ситуирам Fontfabric като носител на новото, актуалното и на моменти нестандартното. Всички виждат и знаят в колко динамично развиващ се свят живеем. Нуждите и търсенето на хората и бизнеса се променят само за няколко години. Нашият фокус винаги е бил, и ще продължава да бъде, да превръщаме въпросителните в отговори, които работят по най-добрия начин – естетика и функционалност.

Fontfabric се превърна в своеобразен инкубатор на кадри. Как си обяснявате това? Защо завършващите университетски специалности с изучаване на шрифт у нас не търсят начин да се реализират като шрифтови дизайнери непосредствено след дипломирането си?

ПМ: Като човек, минал неотдавна през тази система, мога да споделя личния си опит. До преди 5 години не се предлагаха много възможности на човек да се занимава с шрифтов дизайн. Дори да е завършил магистратура в Академията, пътят към индустрията оставаше по-скоро затворен за общността.

Fontfabric разкрива един успешен бизнес модел на българска компания, наложена на международната сцена. Това дава амбиция и надежда на все повече хора да опитат късмета си. Мнозина не отдават значение на това, че за да е устойчива и да се развива, една компания трябва да подреди действията и приоритетите си, така че да може да генерира средства, да работи с клиенти, да печели доверието им, да се налага на пазара и т.н. Това е изключително трудно начинание, но Fontfabric е пример, че е възможно – светлината в тунела вече е налице.

СС: Самият факт, че имаме марка в типографията, чиито граници и влияние се простират толкова широко в световен мащаб, може съвсем естествено да е повод за национална гордост и самочувствие. Аз поне, поглеждайки нещата по-отстрани сега, го усещам по този начин. Още по-висшето от тук нататък са нашата визия е цели, които се разклоняват в две главни направления – да проповядваме кирилицата в българската ѝ форма и да палим искрата у бъдещото поколение дизайнери на шрифтове. Знам, че много хора гледат към нас и това трябва да разпалва още по-силно този огън в нас и около нас.

Проблемът е, че знанието и умението да изграждаш шрифт само по себе си не е достатъчно условие да си успешен и да продаваш добре. Всички знаем, че едно добро ястие се готви с усърдие и идва в резултат на последователно следване на рецептата и прилагането на множество техники с прецизност. Е… Нека кажем, че във Fontfabric сме се научили да готвим добре 🙂

Lets Cyrillize

Имате ли свои препоръки към българското образование в областта на графичния и шрифтовия дизайн?

ПМ: Някои от настоящите и бивши колеги преподават в Академията. Определено считам, че това е място, в което човек може да се развива, стига да има устрема и волята. Добри знания в областта на типографията могат да бъдат придобити и в университети като НБУ, SoftUni. Ние често сме гост лектори в редица от българските вузове. Държа да подчертая, че мисията е възможна дори и ако човек се самообучава, чете книги, блогове, ресурси и ходи на различни работилници като тези, които организираме ние самите. Планираме все по-разширени програми, свързани с обучение и шрифтов дизайн, така че следете дейностите на Fontfabric.

Workshop

СС: Съветът ми е, наред с изучаването и следването на класиката и основите на типографията, да се дава повече свобода на твореца, който се намира у всеки. Нека се предоставят повече шансове на студентите да намират път към по-нестандартни и уникални форми на буквата. Всеки нов шрифт носи свой собствен дух и персоналност. Има много и най-разнообразни форми на буквите, които могат да стъпват като основа и принципи на стандартните санс и серифни класически начертания, но да изглеждат достатъчно различно, интересно и нетипично. Съветът ми е, ако има пет или десет студента по шрифт, то нека всеки започне дипломен проект в различна стилистика. Така те самите взаимно ще се обогатят накрая – всеки един от преживяването и пътя на другия.

Шрифтът е бизнес продукт, но и културен модел, олицетворение на културните и естетическите търсения на времето. Как гледате на тази сложна взаимовръзка между двата аспекта на шрифта? Не прекаляваме ли днес в усилията да създаваме шрифтове, ориентирани към бизнеса? Какво липсва в калейдоскопа от шрифтове в България?

ПМ: Балансът между бизнес проекти и такива с не толкова изявена комерсиална цел е същината на това да си релевантен към настоящата дата. Ние правим както успешни “най-продавани шрифтове” като Nexa, Intro, Mont, така и безплатни RND проекти като 36 Days of Type, Colus или Slovic, който беше един от първите “variable” шрифтове за времето си.

Много са посоките и възможностите за развитие на шрифтовете у нас. Съществува една творческа безтегловност от около 30-на години между края на ХХ в. и началото на XXI в. Липсват възстановки на оригинални български разработки. Бих окуражил всеки, който има желание за колаборация, да се свърже с нас.

Fonfabric Fonts

СС: Основен закон, по който винаги ще се води и движи бизнесът – търсенето определя предлагането. Поглеждайки назад към линията на времето и пътят, който лично аз съм извървял като творец и дизайнер, при мен нещата са преминали от неконвенционално и уникално по само себе си творчество към все по-комерсиални, функционални и ползваеми шрифтове, които се продават добре. И в това няма нищо лошо, ако човек е избрал това начинание за свое поприще и иска да изгради солиден екип от професионалисти във времето. Всичко това изисква стабилен бизнес модел и добри доходи, няма как да е инак.

Та, една от основните ми цели и стремежи сега е да правим и продуцираме по-нестандартна и уникално изглеждаща, въздействаща типография. Нещо, което да ползва силата и възможностите на еволюиралата технология, като съчетава и трансформира традиция, наследство, история по модерен и новаторски начин.

Case Studies

Какви са бъдещите планове на Fontfabric? Какво предстои да бъде постигнато в средносрочен и дългосрочен аспект?

ПМ: Fontfabric се превръща от студио, правещо и разпространяващо шрифтове в такова, което консултира и работи в тясна връзка със своите клиенти. Партнираме си успешно с бизнеси, студия и агенции от българия и чужбина. От корпорации като Telenor, Lipton, Polpharma, Axel Springer до културни институции като Музей „Дом на хумора и сатирата” в Габрово.

Нaскоро имахме и възможност да направим шрифт за българския национален отбор по футбол. Много благодарим на маркетинг екипа на Cauza.bg и на БФС за оказаното доверие.

Bulgarian Lions

В още по-широк аспект компанията се превръща все повече в обучителна платформа. Целим да предоставяме качествено съдържание на блога си, както и в социалните ни мрежи.

Провеждаме и обучителни работилници, които се радват на изключителен интерес и успех. Определено ще развиваме все повече тази наша дейност.

Is your typography too bold

СС: Малко или много отговорът се крие отчасти в предходните ми изложения.
Израстваме и се развиваме с всеки изминал ден. Мечтата ми е един ден, като погледна към Fontfabric, да виждам олицетворение на всичко, което винаги сме търсили, мислили и сме си представяли, че може да направим някога – реалност. Колкото по-голяма и реализирана е тази мечта, толкова повече причини за вътрешно задоволство от добре свършената работа и хубавото чувство, че целият този труд и време са си заслужавали. Нещо, което се е зародило тук в България, живее, ползва се и се преоткрива от стотици хиляди, милиони хора всеки Божи ден в целия свят, и което да оставим като завет на идващите поколения.

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The Bulgarian type craft belongs on the global stage

15 October 2020
INTERVIEW with Svetoslav Simov and Plamen Motev | FONTFABRIC
Questions: Stefan Peev
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Svetoslav Simov and Plamen Motev
Svetoslav Simov (CEO and founder, on the left) and Plamen Motev (type director, on the right) from the renowned Bulgarian type studio Fontfabric share their thoughts on the popularization of the Bulgarian Cyrillic and the key presence of the local type craft in the evergrowing font scene.

Fontfabric thrives as an independent digital type foundry dedicated to crafting premium typefaces for over 12 years now. Drawing inspiration from both analog and digital typography practices, a compact team of talented designers aims to create future-proof fonts for exceptional projects and leave a legacy for generations to come.

Fontfabric

Fontfabric’s story begins in 2008 – a year after Bulgaria becomes a member of the European Union and the efforts to solidify the Bulgarian form of the Cyrillic alphabet as part of the national identity of our country in the EU fall through. Why, in your opinion, was this attempt unsuccessful? What did the Bulgarian form lack, in order to be officially established both locally and internationally?

PM: Perhaps, the cultural and economical weight needed to prove the legitimacy of our intentions wasn’t authoritative enough. Our goal is to revive and continue the life work of Vasil Yonchev, Vasil Barakov, Stefan Kanchev, Boris Angelushev, Kiril Gogov – artists who’ve dedicated themselves, so we can reach our current state of development. We would like to establish the oval Cyrillic as a lasting and sustainable form of our national identity.

24 of May

PM: Bulgaria takes pride in its rich history and key role in the emergence and development of the Cyrillic alphabet. It is only natural that we contribute as much as possible. Let us not forget that it was Naum and Clement (the two prominent disciples of Cyril and Methodius) who worked hard on the new script with the blessing of the then Bulgarian ruler Tsar Boris I.

Ustav

PM: Unfortunately, the government does not express its strong support for this endeavor. It seems there’s no apparent political will. We cannot expect international cabinets to pay attention to the Bulgarian culture if we ourselves do not stand behind these ideas initially. Take the time and visit the website of the Ministry of Culture of Bulgaria and explore its organization and design. Needless to say, all you’ll find is the traditional Russian form of the Cyrillic alphabet, not the Bulgarian.

Nonetheless, the oval shape of the Cyrillic alphabet proves to be gaining popularity among designers and developers. More and more printed publications and websites use the Bulgarian form. Additionally, we are regularly asked questions about it and its design features.

We’ve taken it as our mission to do everything in our power to promote it. Consider taking a look at our brief historical reference dedicated to the Cyrillic alphabet.

Bulgarian Cyrillic

SS: I believe that initially, everything follows the “from the inside out” principle. All we have to do is observe where our own country stands in relation to Europe and the rest of the world in the geopolitical context, and we’ll have our answer.

Do we feel courageous enough to put a foot down as a confident republic with a glorious history and infinite potential? If yes, then we would easily seal this identity with the official presence of our oval and aesthetically sound Cyrillic script. Let’s start appreciating ourselves so that we become respected and valued from the outside as well. Preservation and appreciation of our cultural heritage built with the help of the people listed above – that’s the meaning of national self-awareness and self-confidence. Prolonged neglect and indifference to the issue of establishing the Bulgarian form of the Cyrillic script will only take us back – where others are coming from.

Which wave in the history of type art in Bulgaria does Fontfabric represent? How would you situate Fontfabric in the context of type design history in Bulgaria?

PM: Fontfabric is an active participant in the digital revolution, which has affected the font industry irreversibly. The availability of software and market intermediaries such as MyFonts has made type art accessible to a global range of people. All the while, the incredible speed, and accessibility we have today has made type design public and has given designers a direct link to this form of art. Designers, who until recently believed it to be elitist and inaccessible.

Fontfabric past and future

SS: I can safely say that Fontfabric set the tone, inspiration, and beginning of the new wave of type designers and studios during the so-called “time of transition” for Bulgaria (the period that began after 1989), also referred to as the digital age, when viewed from a global perspective.

I situate Fontfabric as a bearer of the new, the current, and at times the non-standard. Everyone understands the fast-paced world we live in. The needs and demands of people and businesses change rapidly. Our focus has always been (and will continue so) to transform questions into answers that work in the most beneficial way – both aesthetically and functionally.

Fontfabric has become a kind of incubator for designers with a knack for typography. How do you explain this? Why don’t university graduates who major in related fields of study in Bulgaria look for a way to develop as professional type designers immediately after graduation?

PM: As a person who has recently gone through this exact system, I’ll let my experience answer this for me. Up until 5 years ago, there weren’t many opportunities for graduates to start growing in the field of type design confidently. Even if they had a master’s degree from the National Academy of Arts in Sofia, the path leading into the industry remained rather closed to the outside community.

Fontfabric reveals a successful business model of a Bulgarian company that is well-recognized on an international level. It seems to spark ambition and hope, and we get to meet an increasing number of people who try their luck. However, many do not pay attention to the fact that in order to be sustainable and grow, a company must organize its actions and priorities so that it can generate funds, work with customers, gain their trust, establish itself in the market, etc. This is an extremely difficult undertaking, but Fontfabric is an example that it is in fact possible – the light at the end of the tunnel is already shining upon us.

SS: The very fact that we have an influential brand in the global typography sector, comes quite naturally as a cause for national pride and self-confidence. Or at least that’s how I feel, looking at things from the sidelines now. And even higher in the grand scheme of things come our vision and goals that branch into two main directions – to preach the Cyrillic alphabet in its Bulgarian form, and to ignite the spark in the future generation of type designers. I know many people are looking up to us and this fuels us even further. Consequently, it affects all who are around.

The problem is that the knowledge and ability required to build a typeface is not sufficient to be successful and sell well. We all know that a good dish is cooked diligently and comes as a result of following the recipe with consistency and applying many techniques with precision. Well .. let’s just say that in Fontfabric we are quite the cooks 🙂

Lets Cyrillize

Do you have any recommendations you would like to address regarding the Bulgarian education in the fields of graphic and type design?

PM: Some of our current and former colleagues teach at the National Academy of Arts. I definitely believe that this is a place where one can develop, as long as one has the aspiration and the will. Good knowledge in the field of typography can also be acquired in universities such as the New Bulgarian University and SoftUni.

We are frequent guest lecturers in a number of Bulgarian universities. I want to emphasize that the mission is possible even if one learns from books, blogs, resources, and attends various workshops, such as the ones we organize every year. We are planning on more advanced programs related to training and type design, so make sure you follow our activities.

Workshop

SS: My advice is, along with the traditional studies and the basics of typography, to offer more freedom to the individual artist – the one that lives in every single person. Let students be encouraged to find their way to more non-standard and unique letter shapes. Each new font carries its own spirit and personality. There are many and varied forms of letters that can be used as a basis of standard sans and serif designs, but also look different enough, interesting, and atypical. If there are five or ten type students, then let everyone start a graduation project in a different style. This way, they will enrich each other in the end – through their own experience and the paths taken from the others.

Fonts are business products, but they are also the embodiment of the cultural and aesthetic pursuits of the time. How do you view this complex relationship between the two aspects of the font? Aren’t we “overdesigning” typefaces today to make them more business-oriented? What is missing in the kaleidoscope of fonts in Bulgaria?

PM: The balance between business projects and ones with a more creative purpose is the essence of remaining relevant today. We execute both successful bestsellers like Nexa, Intro, Mont, and free RND projects like 36 Days of Type, Colus or Slovic, which was one of the first variable fonts of its time.

Many directions and opportunities are present for the development of fonts in our country. There has been a state of artistic weightlessness for about 30 years between the end of the XX century and the beginning of the XXI century. I’m missing revivals of original Bulgarian works. I encourage anyone who is willing to collaborate to contact us.

Fonfabric Fonts

SS: This basic law will always lead and run a business – demand determines supply. Looking back at the path I have personally taken as an artist and designer, things have moved from unconventional and unique creative projects to increasingly commercial, functional, and usable typefaces that sell well. And there is nothing wrong with that. It’s what happens when a person chooses the type endeavor as his business and wants to build a solid team of professionals over time. It requires a stable business model and a good income, there’s no other way.

That said, one of my main goals and aspirations now is to make and produce a more non-standard and unique-looking, influential typography. Something that uses the power and capabilities of evolved technology, combining and transforming tradition, heritage, history in a modern and innovative way.

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What are the future plans of Fontfabric? What medium-term and long-term goals are yet to be achieved?

PM: Fontfabric is transforming from a studio that designs and distributes typefaces into one that consults and works closely with its clients. We partner successfully with businesses, studios, and agencies from Bulgaria and abroad. These vary from corporations such as Telenor, Lipton, Polpharma, Axel Springer, to cultural institutions such as the House of Humor and Satire in Gabrovo.

Recently we had the opportunity to design a font for the Bulgarian national football team. We send our gratitude to the marketing team of Cauza.bg and the Bulgarian Football Union for the trust.

Bulgarian Lions

In an even broader sense, Fontfabric is increasingly becoming a training platform. We aim to provide quality content on our blog as well as on our social networks.

We also run training workshops that attract a lot of interest and prove to be very successful. It’s definitely in our plans to develop this activity further. And we won’t be stopping there.

Is your typography too bold

SS: More or less the answer lies in my previous statements. We grow and develop with each passing day. My dream is to one day see Fontfabric as the embodiment of everything we have always sought, thought, and imagined the studio will become. The bigger and more implemented this dream, the more reasons for inner satisfaction from a job well done and feeling that it was all worth it. Something that originated here in Bulgaria will be enjoyed and rediscovered by hundreds of thousands, even millions of people every day, and which we’ll leave as a testament to future generations.

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PUNKT
LOCALFONTS INTERVIEW
Questions: Szandra Peev

23 November 2020

TYPOTHEQUE

An interview with Peter Biľak from TYPOTHEQUE studio about the seemingly marginal languages and the need of font’s localization

Seemingly marginal languages are an integral part of the world

In this exclusive interview Peter Biľak shares why there are no marginal languages, which Bulgarian designer inspired him to start creating fonts with a Bulgarian form of Cyrillic and is the Bulgarian form of Cyrillic just an upright italic. He also talks about his latest plans and projects with South Asian languages.
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PUNKT
LOCALFONTS INTERVIEW
Questions: Stefan Peev

30 October 2020

PUNKT

An interview with Krassimir Stavrev and Georgi Lazarov from PUNKT studio about the graphical identity of Plovdiv as a European Capital of Culture in 2019

How to turn a city into a capital of culture

In the final version of the Plovdiv’s logo (as a European Capital of Culture) we successfully synthesized the most important symbols of the city – the seven lines in an arch form symbolise: the silhouettes of the seven hills in Plovdiv, the mimic the famous vaults at the entrances of the Ancient Stadium and Ancient Theater. They also represent the shape of the theater from a bird eye view, they symbolize the letter P (in Bulgarian П) as Plodviv from our Cyrillic alphabet. We saw in these seven lines the curves of Maritsa river, the hundreds of arc windows built during the Bulgarian revival period and the architectural boom of our city in the XIX century. There are a few more words that correspond with the spirit of Plovdiv – namely multy layered, wide range, preserving and transformation, and last but not least a lot and together. The latter became the motto of the event for the whole year.
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Spacetype
LOCALFONTS INTERVIEW
Questions: Stefan Peev

21 October 2020

Spacetype

Stan Partalev and Mirela Belova from the independent type foundry Spacetype talk about their very first common font family – Gogh which covers a broad spectrum of languages, including extended Latin and Cyrillic.

A typeface should be visually appealing and technically sound

We believe that type designers need to create products that they themselves would use. As we work on many other projects, we wanted a font that can be easily used in many contexts. This is how the font idea was born. We wanted it to be easily readable and at the same time usable for headlines.
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POSTERS & LETTERS / HANGUL & CYRILLIC
Exhibition

21 October 2020

Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Bulgaria
International Triennial of Stage Poster
Korean Brand Design Association

An exhibition of Hangul and Cyrillic collection of posters

POSTERS & LETTERS
HANGUL & CYRILLIC
October 24 – October 29, 2020

From October 24 to 29 in the main hall of the Gallery of San Stefano you will be able to see the exhibition “POSTERS & LETTERS / HANGUL & CYRILLIC”, presenting posters inspired by the Korean script “Hangul”.

The Korean Brand Design Association uses HANGEL as a starting point to invite authors from South Korea and around the world to create posters on the subject. The result is an extremely rich and diverse collection that explores the role of the written sign as a source of inspiration and artistic provocation, providing unlimited opportunities for contemporary visual reading.

Among the exhibition stand out the three posters of the talented current Bulgarian visual artist – Ivan Kashlakov, recently awarded a number of awards for graphic design, including that for a young Bulgarian poster artist “Assen Stareishinski”, presented by the International Triennial of Stage Poster.

The exhibition is organized on the initiative of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Bulgaria together with the International Triennial of Stage Poster and the Korean Brand Design Association.

 

Fontfabric
LOCALFONTS INTERVIEW
Questions: Stefan Peev

15 October 2020

Fontfabric

Svetoslav Simov (CEO and founder, on the left) and Plamen Motev (type director, on the right) from the renowned Bulgarian type studio Fontfabric share their thoughts on the popularization of the Bulgarian Cyrillic and the key presence of the local type craft in the evergrowing font scene.

The Bulgarian type craft belongs on the global stage

Fontfabric thrives as an independent digital type foundry dedicated to crafting premium typefaces for over 12 years now. Drawing inspiration from both analog and digital typography practices, a compact team of talented designers aims to create future-proof fonts for exceptional projects and leave a legacy for generations to come.
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Letter Collective
LOCALFONTS INTERVIEW
Questions: Stefan Peev

22 September 2020

Letter Collective

Interview with Todor Georgiev and Jaklina Jekova, founders of the Letter Collective creative studio in Bulgaria, share their experience about creating fonts and their latest project, the font GRAFEMA.

Letters must come from our hands

The ideas for fonts are most often conceived as calligraphic or lettering experiments. Our concept at Letter Collective is based on the idea that letters must come from our hands, the instrument with which you write and draw. That being said, we do a lot of sketching before we start to build or transfer the letters into some kind of software.
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Letters must come from our hands
Letter Collective
Book cover design in Bulgaria during XX century
Editor: Stefan Peev
Чавдар Мутафов. Шрифт (1932)
Чавдар Мутафов
Palimpsest from Bojana
Viktor Kharyk
German Capital Sharp S
Stefan Peev

 

Book cover design in Bulgaria during XX century
LOCALFONTS

10 October 2020

Virtual Exhibition

Book cover design in Bulgaria during XX century

The section presents covers of Bulgarian editions created in the XX century. The virtual exhibition is intended for type drawers that want to explore the development of the Bulgarian Cyrillic type form in the last century, but also the section in intended for graphic designers and book lovers.
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Letter Collective
Master classes

21 October 2020

Letter Collective

Todor Georgiev and Jacklina Jekova from Letter Collective creative studio offer free calligraphy practices on their website.

The art of beautiful handwriting and calligraphy

Todor Georgiev and Jacklina Jekova (Letter Collective) offer a series of classes suitable for everyone interested in the art of beautiful handwriting and calligraphy. Class A is free and perfect for beginners who want to learn the basic parameters in typography and the basic lowercase letters of the Latin and Cyrillic alphabet. The calligraphic tool in this class is a flat brush. See more on Letter Collective’s website.
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Letterbats
LOCALFONTS

10 October 2017

Vasil Stanev

Letterbats – a union of fine and typographic art

Letterbats are а special case of dingbat fonts – they consist not of images like pictograms or icons, but of pictures drawn to resemble a glyph, most often a letter.
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German Capital Sharp S
LOCALFONTS

10 October 2017

Stefan Peev

German Capital Sharp S

Capital sharp S (ẞ; German: großes Eszett) is the majuscule (uppercase) form of the eszett (also called scharfes S, ‘sharp s’) ligature in German orthography (ß).
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Nexus Script

Grafema LC

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Nexa

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Description

Improved kerning of the Updated Version of 2020

New Features
  • Cyrillic language support
  • Bulgarian Localization
  • Completely New Nexa Text subfamily
  • New ExtraLight weight with a corresponding italics
  • Stylistic Set suitable for Display purposes – ss02
  • Tabular Figures

Even the most recognizable typefaces of our time, such as Nexa, should be updated sometimes. We proudly present you with the latest upgraded version of the notorious geometric sans serif.

The completely refined family design comes with an addition of one more weight—Extra Light—and its matching italic, alongside an entirely new subfamily—Nexa Text, optimized for longer text, and even a futurist stylistic set of Nexa for an alternative display look. The outcome is altogether 9 weights and 36 fonts!

The glyph case now covers not only an improved Extended Latin but a new set of Cyrillic with adequate language localization. The fluent functionality of Nexa is achieved with multiple OpenType features, such as case-sensitive forms, contextual and stylistic alternates. The standard numerals set encompasses tabular figures and symbols, superiors and inferiors, numerators and denominators, plus fractions.

The unique appearance of Nexa combined with rich variety places it beyond the scope of regular geometric typefaces for all kinds of scales and purposes and designs that speak for themselves.

Design, Publisher, Copyright, License

Design: Svetoslav Simov, Plamen Motev, Mirela Belova, Stan Partalev, Nikolay Petroussenko, Ventsislav Dzhokov

Publisher: Fontfabric

Copyright 2012 by Fontfabric. All rights reserved.

License: COMMERCIAL

Svet Simov

Svet Simov

Fontfabric is the foundry of Svetoslav Simov, a visual designer who is located in Sofia, Bulgaria, b. 1984. Highly innovative designer whose creations have lots of style and flair. Many fonts are for both Latin and Cyrillic.

Plamen Motev

Plamen Motev

Type designer based in Sofia, Bulgaria. As a student working with Fontfabric in Sofia, Bulgaria, Plamen Motev designed the free circle-themed slightly condensed retro typeface Phenomena (done together with Radomir Tinkov) and the free 8-style narrow grotesque family Akrobat for Latin and Cyrillic in 2016. In 2017, Plamen Motev and Svetoslav Simov co-designed Uni Neue, a total remake of Fontfabric’s earler typeface Uni Sans (2009). He was part of the Fontfabric team that designed the 521-font family Zing Rust, Zing Sans Rust and Zing Script Rust in 2017. Typefaces from 2018: Gilam (by Ivan Petrov, Plamen Motev and Svetoslav Simov: based on DIN, but more geometric and with obliquely cut terminals).

Mirela Belova

Mirela Belova

Type designer in Sofia, Bulgaria, who first studied mathematics and then graphic design (at New Bulgarian University). During her studies, Mirela Belova created the Latin / Cyrillic blackboard bold typeface Cheque (2017), which is free at Fontfabric. She was part of the Fontfabric team that designed the 521-font family Zing Rust, Zing Sans Rust and Zing Script Rust in 2017. In 2018, Mirela Belova and Svetoslav Simov co-designed the 20-style geometric sans typeface family Mont.

Stan Partalev

Stan Partalev

Type designer at Fontfabric in Sofia, Bulgaria. He was part of the Fontfabric team that designed the 521-font family Zing Rust, Zing Sans Rust and Zing Script Rust in 2017. In 2018, he published the free all caps lapidary typeface Colus at Fontfabric. In 2019, Svet Simov, Radomir Tinkov and Stan Partalev designed the 72-strong Noah family of geometric sans typefaces, which is partitioned into four groups by x-height from small (Noah Grotesque) to medium (Noah and Noah Text) to large (Noah Head).

Nikolay Petrousenko

Nikolay Petroussenko

Nikolay Petroussenko is a type designer and artist based in Sofia, Bulgaria. He graduated from the National Academy of Art, Sofia. He worked in Poststudio, a studio for visual communication and later at DecoType in Amsterdam. Currently he is part of Fontfabric in Sofia. Designer of the transitional text typeface Sapienza (2016). He was part of the Fontfabric team that designed the 521-font family Zing Rust, Zing Sans Rust and Zing Script Rust in 2017. In 2018, Jacklina Jekova and Nikolay Petroussenko co-designed Singel at Fontfabric. Singel is a neoclassical serif with semi-condensed proportions for Latin and Cyrillic. Its ten roman weights are complemented with ten quite different italic weights. Codesigner of Mozer (2019, by Svetoslav Simov, Ani Petrova, Mirela Belova and Nikolay Petrousenko: a condensed headline sans family that covers Latin, Greek and Cyrillic; Mozer SemiBold is free).

Ventsislav Dzhokov

Ventsislav Dzhokov

Ventsislav joined the type community in search of a dynamic, developing sector that would fit his personality, and he hasn’t looked back since. Inspired by the interaction of letters and forms within a word or a sentence, he tends to focus on diversity and a strong underlying concept when working on a project.

Intro

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Description

Let us introduce you the official big update of Intro type family with essential upgrades to this contemporary sans serif. The weight distributions completely revised has brought 8 new weights and matching italics resulting in 72-fonts family with 22 fonts extra.

Intro’s refined playfulness is further emphasized with additions of multiple ingredients, such as carefully adjusted Oblique alternatives next to the existing upright alternatives. All these styles are now available as a Condensed version. On top of that, there are 3 inline fonts.

The glyph case was expanded to cover Extended Latin and Cyrillic with adequate language localization. The OpenType features rewritten and improved now allow case-sensitive forms and contextual alternates, and plenty of stylistic alternates. The standard numerals set includes as well tabular figures and symbols, superiors and inferiors, numerators and denominators, plus fractions.

Design, Publisher, Copyright, License

Design: Svetoslav Simov, Stan Partalev

Publisher: Fontfabric

Copyright 2012 by Fontfabric. All rights reserved.

License: COMMERCIAL

Svet Simov

Svet Simov

Fontfabric is the foundry of Svetoslav Simov, a visual designer who is located in Sofia, Bulgaria, b. 1984. Highly innovative designer whose creations have lots of style and flair. Many fonts are for both Latin and Cyrillic.

Stan Partalev

Stan Partalev

Type designer at Fontfabric in Sofia, Bulgaria. He was part of the Fontfabric team that designed the 521-font family Zing Rust, Zing Sans Rust and Zing Script Rust in 2017. In 2018, he published the free all caps lapidary typeface Colus at Fontfabric. In 2019, Svet Simov, Radomir Tinkov and Stan Partalev designed the 72-strong Noah family of geometric sans typefaces, which is partitioned into four groups by x-height from small (Noah Grotesque) to medium (Noah and Noah Text) to large (Noah Head).

Zing Rust

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Zing Rust
Zing Rust
Zing Rust
Zing Rust
Zing Rust
Zing Rust
Zing Rust

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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

As its name implies, Zing Rust™ adds vital freshness and bold flavor to your ideas. This glorious smorgasbord of handmade grunge fonts includes four major sub-families: Zing Rust™, Zing Script Rust™, Zing Sans Rust™, and Zing Goodies Rust™. The entire set is customizable with various styles of classic grunge, halftone dots, diagonal line patterns, and shadow layers. Zing Script Rust offers fully functional OpenType features and contextual alternates. Zing Goodies Rust tops it all of with food-related icons, banners, and catchwords for extra impact.

Design, Publisher, Copyright, License

Design: Fontfabric team (Svet Simov, Jacklina Jekova)

Publisher: Fontfabric LLC

Copyright 2017 by Svet Simov. All rights reserved.

License: COMMERCIAL

Svet Simov

Svet Simov

Fontfabric is the foundry of Svetoslav Simov, a visual designer who is located in Sofia, Bulgaria, b. 1984. Highly innovative designer whose creations have lots of style and flair. Many fonts are for both Latin and Cyrillic.

Stan Partalev

Stan Partalev

Type designer at Fontfabric in Sofia, Bulgaria. He was part of the Fontfabric team that designed the 521-font family Zing Rust, Zing Sans Rust and Zing Script Rust in 2017. In 2018, he published the free all caps lapidary typeface Colus at Fontfabric. In 2019, Svet Simov, Radomir Tinkov and Stan Partalev designed the 72-strong Noah family of geometric sans typefaces, which is partitioned into four groups by x-height from small (Noah Grotesque) to medium (Noah and Noah Text) to large (Noah Head).

Jacklina Jekova

Jacklina Jekova

Calligrapher and graphic designer in Sofia, Bulgaria. She completed her BA in Graphic design and MA in Calligraphy at the National Academy of Art in Sofia. After her graduation she started working as a type designer at Fontfabric Type Foundry and embarked on a PhD, still at National Academy of Art.From 2018 she started working with Todor Georgiev and founded together Letter Collective. The studio offers graphic design services related to type design, lettering, calligraphy, typography, visual communication and brand identity.

Download 6 free fonts

Download at: Fontfabric

Commercial License

Buy at: Fontspring

Uni Sans

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 Font Sampler

(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

The Uni Sans font family includes 14 weights – seven uprights with seven italics.

It is characterized by excellent legibility in both – web & print design areas, well-finished geometric designs, optimized kerning, excellent web-font performance and legibility etc.

Inspired by the classic grotesque strong typefaces like DIN and Dax – Uni Sans has his own unique style in expressed perfect softened geometric forms.

The font family is most suitable for headlines of all sizes, as well as for text blocks that come in both maximum and minimum variations.

Uni Sans font styles are applicable for any type of graphic design in web, print, motion graphics etc and perfect for t-shirts and other items like posters, logos.

Design, Publisher, Copyright, License

Design: Svet Simov, Ani Petrova, Vasil Stanev (font development)

Publisher: Fontfabric

Copyright 2009 by Fontfabric. All rights reserved.

License: Fontfabric EULA Free Font License

Fonts in Use:

Svet Simov

Svet Simov

Fontfabric is the foundry of Svetoslav Simov, a visual designer who is located in Sofia, Bulgaria, b. 1984. Highly innovative designer whose creations have lots of style and flair. Many fonts are for both Latin and Cyrillic.

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.

Vasil Stanev

Vasil Stanev

Typographer and type designer in Sofia, Bulgaria, b. 1982, Sofia, who worked mostly for Svetoslav Simov’s typefoundry, Fontfabric, before setting up his own shop, VSF (Vasil Stanev Foundry).

Free License

Download: Uni Sans | Fontfabric

Commercial License

Buy at: Fontspring

Uni Neue

Uni Neue
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Uni Neue
Uni Neue
Uni Neue
Uni Neue
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Uni Neue

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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

Uni Neue is the whole new redesigned version (remake) of Uni Sans – one of the most recognizable and signature font families of Fontfabric type foundry. From major changes like proportions, widths and thickness (weights) to the smaller details, this new family enables us to feel and understand the font at a completely new level.

Uni Neue is а modern sans serif with a distinctive character and geometric feel. The rounded corners give the typeface a friendly look, yet it retains a professional quality suitable for branding even the most serious corporate identities. The attention to detail paid during its development means that this typeface offers a vast range of design possibilities – it helps users create eye-catching designs and brands that really stand out. It is perfect for TV, screen, editorial and publishing, logos, branding, advertising and packaging. It supports a wide range of languages, including Extended Latin, Cyrillic and Greek. The family has seven weights, ranging from Thin to Black, with corresponding italics. The font was manually hinted to ensure great web and desktop performance.

Design, Publisher, Copyright, License

Design: Plamen Motev, Svet Simov

Publisher: Fontfabric

Copyright 2017 by Fontfabric. All rights reserved.

License: Fontfabric EULA Free Font License

Fonts in Use:

Svet Simov

Svet Simov

Fontfabric is the foundry of Svetoslav Simov, a visual designer who is located in Sofia, Bulgaria, b. 1984. Highly innovative designer whose creations have lots of style and flair. Many fonts are for both Latin and Cyrillic.

Plamen Motev

Plamen Motev

Type designer based in Sofia, Bulgaria. As a student working with Fontfabric in Sofia, Bulgaria, Plamen Motev designed the free circle-themed slightly condensed retro typeface Phenomena (done together with Radomir Tinkov) and the free 8-style narrow grotesque family Akrobat for Latin and Cyrillic in 2016. In 2017, Plamen Motev and Svetoslav Simov co-designed Uni Neue, a total remake of Fontfabric’s earler typeface Uni Sans (2009). He was part of the Fontfabric team that designed the 521-font family Zing Rust, Zing Sans Rust and Zing Script Rust in 2017. Typefaces from 2018: Gilam (by Ivan Petrov, Plamen Motev and Svetoslav Simov: based on DIN, but more geometric and with obliquely cut terminals).

Free License

Download:
Uni Neue Light, Uni Neue Heavy Italic Fontspring

Download:
Uni Neue Light, Uni Neue Heavy Italic MyFonts

Commercial License

Buy at: Fontspring

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Squad

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Squad

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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

Squad is a humanist sans serif with semi condensed proportions. Inspired by Adrian Frutiger’s perfectionist style this typeface is a harmonious breed of humanist heritage and contemporary simplicity. The balanced characteristics, clear and legible silhouette and simultaneously vivid appearance of Squad makes it perfect for any design purpose. The figures are evident — it consists of 18 styles from Thin to Black; covers Extended Latin, Cyrillic and Greek with span for more than 130 languages; flawless functionality and supporting many OpenType features, such as localizations, tabular numerals, inferiors & superiors, numerators & denominators, fractions, discretionary ligatures, case sensitivity etc.

Features

  • Over 780 glyphs in 18 styles (Thin to Black)
  • Extended Latin, Cyrillic and Greek scripts for more than 130 languages
  • High x-height and Semi Condensed proportions
  • Moderate contrast and vertical stress
  • Humanistic characteristics and open vertical terminals
  • True form of italics
  • Coverage of multiple OpenType features
  • Perfect for text, headlines and web

Design, Publisher, Copyright, License

Design: Svet Simov, Svetlin Balezdrov

Publisher: Fontfabric LLC

Copyright 2018 by Svet Simov. All rights reserved.

License: COMMERCIAL

Svet Simov

Svet Simov

Fontfabric is the foundry of Svetoslav Simov, a visual designer who is located in Sofia, Bulgaria, b. 1984. Highly innovative designer whose creations have lots of style and flair. Many fonts are for both Latin and Cyrillic.

Svetlin Balezdrov

Svetlin Balezdrov

Svetlin Balezdrov was born in 1981 in Sliven, Bulgaria. He graduated in Poster and Visual Communication from the National Academy of Art, Sofia. He is a doctor of History of Art and Fine Arts. At present he is a lecturer in Advertising Design at the National Academy of Art, Sofia. He works in the fields of typography, graphic design and animation. In 2018, Svetlin Balezdrov and Svetoslav Simov co-designed the humanist sans typeface family Squad at Fontfabric.

Commercial License

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