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The contrast between Russian and Bulgarian Cyrillic

When Wed 09 Oct 1450
Where Krasnapolsky A
What Non-Latin
Who Maria Doreuli, Krista Radoeva

Bulgaria and Russia are among many countries that share the Cyrillic alphabet. A variety of aspects lead to the development of contrasting models in type design and lettering in those two countries. This has changed the way contemporary design treats particular letterforms in both languages. Starting with an overview of the origin of the Cyrillic script, this lecture will explore the close relationship between culture, history and type design. It will explain how type design has become an expression of the cultural identities of the two countries, using the same writing system. This lecture is not about giving instructions on how to design good Cyrillic typefaces. It is about the importance of cultural awareness in type design. It will challenge some common practices, putting an emphasis on the conventions, necessary to maintain the individuality of each model. Maria Doreuli and Krista Radoeva met while studying type design in The Hague. During their studies, they had many discussions about the peculiar differences between Russian and Bulgarian Cyrillics, which lead to further investigation of this topic. Putting together resources across countries, this lecture hopes to put all the misconceptions to an end and to clarify a subject that has not been thoroughly investigated until now.

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