Roundhand was created by Matthew Carter in 1966 on the basis of handwriting by Charles Snell, an English calligrapher of XVII-XVIII known in particular by his “The Pen-man’s Treasury Open’d” written in 1694. The typeface has continuous cursive shapes with oval aspect, high contrast emphasized by abrupt transitions from thin to thick and regularity of slope. Its capitals are often used as initials in combinations with other typefaces. The current digital version of the typeface has 3 styles of different weights. Roundhand is clear and easy to read and is well-suited for medium size texts and headlines. It will work well in invitations, menus, packaging, and advertising accentuating elegance and the subtle nature of the content. The Cyrillic version was developed by Vladimir Yefimov and Isabella Chaeva.
Design: Vladimir Yefimov, Isabella Chaeva
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Vladimir Yefimov was one of the most respected Russian type designers. He was born in Moscow, Russia, in 1949, studied at Moscow Art School, and graduated from the Moscow Printing Institute in 1973 as a graphic designer. He worked at the Type Department of NPO Polygraphmash (1973-91) and at ParaGraph Intl., Moscow (1992-98) designing Cyrillic typefaces. He was then the art director and a co-founder of ParaType, Inc., Moscow.