Indices : Vyaz’

Vyaz’ is a decorative style of Cyrillic Calligraphy characterised by tall, condensed and interlocking letters forming a dense and continous band of text. The style originated in Byzantine (Greek) books in the 11th century, and is related to the style of Greek Uncial lettering employed in Orthodox icons. It spread in Russia and flourished particularly in the 16th century. Three kinds of interlocking are typically found in vyaz’ lettering: stem ligation in which adjacent letters share a common stem, letters or parts of letters stacked vertically, and enclosure of smaller letters within larger ones.

David John Earls

David John Earls is a graphic designer based in London (a small polluted backwards city in ­western Europe), and the author of Designing Typefaces, a book published by RotoVision. He considers it a personal quest to persuade owners of his book to burn its detestable dust jacket.

In 1999, David Earls founded, which has since that time offered impartial and non-commercial writing on matters type.


Indices : Typefaces : Souvenir

The original Souvenir was drawn by Morris Fuller Benton and released by ATF in 1914. It appears, in a single weight only, in the famed 1923 ATF catalog. It has a distinctive “warm and fuzzy” look, and is probably one of the softest typefaces ever to have wide popularity.

The most common version today is the 1970 interpretation, drawn by Ed Benguiat for International Typeface Corporation. When ITC was formed, Souvenir was one of their first releases for phototype. With its large x-height, soft round curves, and clean design, ITC Souvenir Light closely follows Benton’s original, which anticipated their design philosophy nearly sixty years earlier. Ed Benguiat changed a few details and expanded the concept to a family of four weights in both roman and italic. ITC Souvenir became hugely popular, and many people associate it with the design aesthetic of the ’70s and of early ITC types in particular.

Johannes Gutenberg

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Indices : Johannes Gutenberg

Johannes Gutenberg

(circa 1398 - Feb 3, 1468) Inventor of the Letterpress printing technique using metal alloy movable type and a press. He is accredited with producing the first western book using this technique, the “42-Line” (aka “Mainz” or “Gutenberg”) Bible. His letterpress printing technique was an amalgam of different technologies available at the time including wine presses and metal alloys.

See also Johann Gutenberg

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Indices : Concepts : Readerability

A portmanteau referring to adaptive pattern recognition skills and cognitive processes applied to reading, which enable humans to read proficiently in a great variety of writing systems, type styles, media, reproduction qualities and environmental conditions.

“The mass of everyday experiential evidence indicates that readerability matters much more to the reading process than the readability of what is read.” – John Hudson

Shinn vs. Papazian Challenge

Cyrillic How-To

Indices : How-To : Cyrillic Character Design

Common mistakes in deigning for Cyrillic include:
- Horizontally flipping a roman cap R to create the ya. (Watch the stress!)
- Horizontally flipping a roman cap N to create the e and ekratkoya. (Again, watch the stress.)
- Using a roman cap K to create the zhe. (This often leads to a form that is too wide.)

Cyrillic Lower Case
Cyrillic Kern Pairs
Cyrillic: equivalence of upper and lower case ?!
Cyrillic Script Glyphs
Understanding Cyrillic Letters?


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Indices : Writing Systems : Alphabets : Cyrillic

The Cyrillic alphabet is an alphabet used for several East and South Slavic languages, as well as many other languages of the former Soviet Union, Asia and Eastern Europe. With the accession of Bulgaria to the European Union on January 1, 2007, Cyrillic is now the third official alphabet of the EU.

Russian Alphabet:



Indices : Terminology : Pangram

Pangrams are short passages that include all 26 characters of the alphabet. They’re commonly used to help users of the font quickly assess a character set. They may also be useful to designers in the process of designing their own work but they are too compact for a more thorough assessment. Perhaps the most common pangram is The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

Clever pangrams:
Boxer M. Tyson packs his bags with Jay-Z DVDs, Quik, Holyfield’s ear.BJ Harvey

Typophile Boxing! Papazian jousts with quaking, anonymous detractor. Fight at eleven.Joe Pemberton

Chester Jenkins

Indices : Designers : Chester Jenkins

aka “chester”
b. 1971 in Montréal, Canada

Selected published types:
FF Schmelvetica
Galaxie Polaris

Selected published types, collaborations:
Infinity (with Rick Valicenti)
Apex Sans (with Rick Valicenti)
Alexey (with Rick Valicenti)
Apex Serif (with Rick Valicenti)
Orbit (with Rick Valicenti & Robb Irrgang)

Co-founder with Tracy Jenkins of Village.