Heller: "A Balkan Typeface Brings Two Cultures Together"

marcox's picture

I'd be interested to hear the reactions of those who read both Latin and Cyrillic scripts, but my impressions were, "Wow. Beautiful. Thoughtful."

http://bit.ly/Ie9Urn

riccard0's picture

Interesting on different levels. Also because it reminds me of Vyaz construction:
http://typophile.com/node/56681

hrant's picture

I like it because the idea has meaning in this context, otherwise it would just be a gimmick.

On the other hand, since this is about a font (right?) I have to ask: how is the Cyrillic influencing the Latin? To me it seems one-sided, even if I take into account that Cyrillic came from the same place (Greek) and was furthermore Westernized by Peter the Great.

hhp

Nick Shinn's picture

The gimmick is that the common glyphs are double-height, which is a clever design idea that draws attention to itself but makes reading either of the scripts fluently more difficult than if they were each the same height, one on top of the other.

Is there an alternate version with Cyrillic on top?

oldnick's picture

For the Cyrillicly-challenged, it’s quite thoughtful and instructive.

R.'s picture

Nick Shinn: Is there an alternate version with Cyrillic on top?

Yes (One B).

hrant's picture

Of course they have to make a three-level one with Greek too. :-)

BTW, what year did this win at the TDC?

hhp

R.'s picture

hrant: BTW, what year did this win at the TDC?

2012 (scroll down to ‘T3’).

hrant's picture

I'm confused. This doesn't seem to mesh with how the TDC2 has previously been run. Am I confused or has the TDC changed how they do this?

hhp

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