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FYI: Armenian book pages [Bijzondere Collecties UvA] on Flickr may be known by others already but if not:
This is treatment I did of 18th century Armenian calligraphic style. Its the first letter of Armenian Alphabet - AIB (alpha, alef).
Dear Admin, I would also propose to create a Armenian Letters sub-forum in Special Interest Groups. I am sure that there are quite many Armenian font designers who are here and would join. Hrant Papazian is at least one of them I know :)
These archaic signs are from Syunik province and Geghama Mountain range in Armenia. Some of them are over 5000 years old.
I’ve been working on a family of multiscript monospaced bitmap screen fonts, and I’d appreciate your comments.
Some remarks in advance:
Frankly speaking, I'm not interested in identifying this particular typeface. I'd like to know which foundry/punchcutter was the first to produce it and when. The earliest book typeset with this font that I've got dates back to 1880's, I suspect it was produced at a much earlier date, perhaps at the beginnings of the 19th century. Thanks for your input.
Rosetta is an independent foundry, created by David Březina, José Scaglione and Veronika Burian, with a strong focus on multi-script typography. It is a response to the increasing interest and need, within the global market, for multi-script typefaces that are both technically and aesthetically of the highest standard. Rosetta is committed to promoting research and knowledge in that area and to support excellence in world script type design.
for a font design project i am looking for samples and resources of old armenian typewriter character sets (or scans of documents and texts that were written with said machines) that would help me work on a corresponding design or serve as a head start. i have begun with olivetti 32 as the latin basis, and have completed cyrillic so far.
if anybody could point me to such resources or links, i would greatly appreciate it.
thanks a lot.