new to cyrillic letters

schriftgestalt's picture


I just made cyrillic letters for my font. I wonder if some native "cyrillic" people could have a look at them.

many thanks in advance,

Georg Seifert

paul d hunt's picture

i'm no expert in Cyrillic, but a few things i noticed:

the Д is completely wrong, it's missing the baseline and the descending strokes
it is very good that you didn't just double the К to make your Ж, but these two should share a similar structure. I might try adding the horizontal connecting stroke to your К.
The descending stroke on Ц and Щ is too short, IMO, as is the flag on Ъ.
the same comments apply to the lowercase and SC versions of these letters.
the vertical stroke of the Ф could benefit from overshooting the capline/baseline, esp in the heaviest weights.

hrant's picture

I'm neither a native nor an expert, but: I would
make it more Cyrillic and less Swiss; like I would
give a curl to one of the arms of the "K".


andrijtype's picture

hello Reetsde,

i am native cyrillic reader, and generally i like your cyrillic. i disagree with Hrant about curved arms -- it is not any requirement at all.

first of all, you need to draw a capital Д -- now you have Л on this place ))
your black seems almost good, but i think you need to reduce blackness in small ovals in в, ь, з and similar letters. м also looks too dark, and л looks too light for me.
i think you need make similar forms for upper and small Лл Дд and i like less rectangular form (like your lc). small descenders in д, Цц, Щщ in light and normal is far away from letter body, and ш and щ is too wide themselves. i think you need to double left vertical stem of л in д and make its conjunction with lower horizontal so curved. i'd like to see narrowed ю (like a Ю), wider Жж, higher Ф, and better balanced Зз.
can you try to add some upturn for acsender in б?

sorry for my english, and good luck!

hrant's picture

Who said anything about "requirement"?

Often, making certain parts of Cyrillic forms straight and not curved is a symptom of the desire to be more Western and less Russian. Quite ironically -as John H once astutely noted- natives tend to suffer from this more than outsiders (speaking more broadly than only concerning Cyrillic).


andrijtype's picture

dear Hrant,

my english is so bad and i am sorry for inaccuracy words, that i use here.
i think that all curved arms is gimmick of some russians (look ie. this article if you read russian) when they want to come far away from latin. curved arms has some historical roots in russian typographic tradition, but plain arms has historical roots too. and after all -- cyrillic is not means russian, you know ;))

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