Antarctican Cyrillic

James PuckettJames Puckett Posts: 1,472
edited September 19 in Type Design Critiques
Attached is a proof of my first attempt at Cyrillic in five years. It’s just basic capitals so far. This is a monospaced font, so there’s some weird stuff going on. It’s designed for retina displays at text sizes, so some of the weird stuff in there (like M and N) makes sense in context.

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  • Vasil StanevVasil Stanev Posts: 35
    edited September 19
    Looks pretty solid to me :) The /Б/, /Д/ and /Л/ can use some very minor modifications but I think it's overall very nice. 
  • I agree with Vasil, but I would tweak /Ж as well, it becomes too black in small sizes. Perhaps a treatment similar to /М would help. Maybe open up /С a bit.
  • The curve in the /Ч might be too rounded, could be more square.
  • @Vasil Stanev, what would you recommend doing with /Л?
  • John HudsonJohn Hudson Posts: 1,239
    I don't know what Vasil's advice would be, but my own re. /Д/ and /Л/ is almost always to make them less rectangular, so the top narrower and the left stroke less vertical.
  • Vasil StanevVasil Stanev Posts: 35
    edited September 20
    John Hudson Yes, this exactly what I would suggest. 
  • The left stroke should start out as vertical and then gently bend left, it really looks weird when it begins slanted.
  • John HudsonJohn Hudson Posts: 1,239
    The left stroke should start out as vertical and then gently bend left, it really looks weird when it begins slanted.

    In this case, yes, although I think it depends on the idiomatic style of the typeface, rather than a fixed rule. There are, of course, styles in which the left stroke is diagonal, or in which the whole shape is triangular, or trapezoid.

    What these letter should generally not be is boxy, rectangular forms with just a sudden turn at the bottom. Whether starting truly vertical or slightly angled, the gentle, sagging curve should progress down the whole length of the stroke.
  • My two non-native cents:

    И: diagonal a tad thinner? 
    Й: krakta terminals should not taper as breve accent. terminals have heavier endings instead
    У: right diagonal, less steep. afaik both diagonal should not be symmetrical to balance the white between left and right sides 
    Б: smaller bowl in height
    Я: leg at steeper angle? Compare to Ж К
    Ь Ъ Ы: large bowl in height, should harmonise with Б
    Л Д: as said above, less boxed
    Д: white space above left and right teeth could afford to be more balanced
    Щ: more white space above tooth (if doable)
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