Modern Cyrillic 2014

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June 1, 2014. An international type design competition, Modern Cyrillic 2014, has been launched in Russia. Its organisers are ParaType, the premier Russian digital type foundry, and Type, the online typographic journal, both located in Moscow. Modern Cyrillic 2014 is a sequel to Kyrillitsa’99 and Modern Cyrillic 2009, which were organised by Vladimir Yefimov (1949–2012), the art director and one of the founding fathers of ParaType, and Emil Yakupov (1957–2014), ParaType’s CEO.

Cyrillic single-style typefaces, multiple-style type families and type systems developed for body text and/or display composition, and created and/or released after September 15, 2009 are eligible. There is no limit to the number of submissions one may enter in the competition. The deadline for submission is October 24, 2014.

Participation in Modern Cyrillic is open to all. Participants are not subject to any restrictions based on age, education, occupation or proficiency in languages using Cyrillic alphabet. Participation is free: no entry, or hanging, or publication fee will be charged.

Modern Cyrillic 2014 is going to be judged by an international team of experts in Cyrillic type design and typography: Dmitry Aronov, Russia; Gayaneh Bagdasaryan, Russia; Konstantin Golovchenko, Ukraine; Yuri Gordon, Russia; John Hudson, Canada; Alexandra Korolkova, Russia; Natalia Vasilyeva, Russia; Jovica Veljović, Germany; Danila Vorobiev, Russia. The jury is chaired by Maxim Zhukov.

The judging of Modern Cyrillic 2014 is scheduled to take place in Moscow on November 25, 2014. The winning entries will receive honorary certificates ‘For Excellence in Type Design’.

All details—the rules of the competition, the entry form, the instructions for formatting and submission of the entries, the biographies of the judges, information on the liabilities of parties, contact details—can be found on the competition’s Web site,

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Can anybody recommend someone to design the specimen pages for me?

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I have zero proficiency in Cyrillic languages, and require a native-speaking designer to create (3) and (4) below, and therefore also (1) and (2), for the sake of consistency:

The entire font complement of a design submitted to the competition should be shown on the first sheet, in a large font size. Depending on the design of the typeface, a single font size should be used for the capitals, the lower-case, and the small-cap glyphs. The font should include a Cyrillic glyph set, either the standard complement based on the Mac Cyrillic or Windows CP1251 codepage, or their part, allowing the composition of a text in one of the languages that use the Cyrillic alphabet.

If the entry is a type family, the font complement of each constituent style should be shown on a separate sheet.

On other sheets examples of the potential use of the typeface should be shown. They should be reflective of the purpose and the special features of the design, and to display the typeface in the very best way possible. These specimens or their details may be later used in the catalogue of the winning entries, and the publications related to the competition.

The examples may include, but are not limited to, headlines, short or long passages of text, sample pages or double-page spreads of books and periodicals, screen shots of monitors, tablets, smart phones, and more. For body text typefaces designed for print, a sample text setting in various font sizes, from 6 to 14 pt., is mandatory.

Please contact nick–at– for information about my typeface.

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