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Nikola Kostic


Nikola Kostic
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  • Re: Macedonian italic /gje localization

    Again, I don't know what they learn in Macedonia, but in Serbia (in schools) the letter г is written straight as in your бумага example, with an overline. Take a look at this variant which is usual in Serbia: Kaligrafsko bukvarsko pismo.pdf

    It is never written as a Russian ‘mirrored s’ г.
  • Re: Macedonian italic /gje localization

    Oh, it should definitely vary (as in your top example). Those are not accents, they serve as John Hudson said:
    ... because they distinguish the letters from the otherwise identical и and ш ...
  • Re: Macedonian italic /gje localization

    What an excellent book, Nikola. Thank you for sharing your lucky find.

    I have two questions.
    1. What form of the italic l.c. г and ѓ you consider Russian, and why:
      Wavy/curvaceous (‘mirrored s’-like)? or
      Straight/stiff (‘dotless ı’-like)?
    2. Why the form of the ѓ used in that book should have been Russian?
    Thank you for the questions Maxim, here is what I take as standard Russian/Serbian italic form:

    To my knowledge, most of the writing standardization problems in the Balkans are due to the historical lack of fonts with the proper local forms. Russian Cyrillic was the most available one, so the vast number of Serbian (Cyrillic) books in the 20th century were printed with the Italics containing Russian forms. People were using what was at hand and that created lots of confusion. Hence my surprise with the local italic forms in this book printed in 1946. Those italic т and п are definitely not Russian forms. What puzzles me even more is the fact that the italic г in the same book does not have a line (macron) above it. Again, this book is in Macedonian Cyrillic, and I am no expert on Macedonian language.
  • Re: MyFonts and families

    I've read the entire thread, and wanted to share my thoughts on the subject.

    I understand that selling deeply discounted products in volume works great for MyFonts, but I believe that it devalues the work of the designer and could eventually hurt the entire font business. I do not blame MyFonts for doing so, it is a legitimate business model, but I think it may not be best suited for everyone (although some designers obviously benefit from it, at least for a while). I have noticed a steady decline in sales on MyFonts since 2013, and it is obvious that the model they have been promoting in the past few years favors something different from what I have to offer. I guess I'll just have to live with that, and try to explore other options for my product. I believe that through hard work, persistence and dedication you can build your brand reputation slowly, and customers will respect that. Joining like-minded foundries with similar quality standards in order to promote and sell fonts seems like a good way to succeed.