Actium Cyrillic: a different approach for strokes below the baseline.

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Last year Type Mafia focussed on new territories. We designed Cyrillic alphabets, the script for writ
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February 17 - Issue #9

Type Mafia

Hi! I’m Gerben Dollen, smart capo at @TypeMafia. I really enjoy sharing my on- and offline observations. Every now and then I write my musings on design, typography in particular, and other interesting things I come across.

Last year Type Mafia focussed on new territories. We designed Cyrillic alphabets, the script for writing languages such as Russian, Serbian and Bosnian. It looks like с новым годом. If it pairs well with, say, the Latin counterpart, like they could be twins, it makes it a perfect choice for use in multilingual publications and packaging design. Because, well, otherwise it looks awful.

So many things happening all together at once — creating unnecessary and unwanted distinction, emphasis and hierarchy.
So we got our hands on our type family Actium again, exploring if we could blend a Cyrillic capo into the Greek/Latin mix.
You really don’t need a different type, style and colour. Do you?
Lots of thought had gone over the descending part of a few Cyrillic glyphs. Little detail, but overall it makes much impact. Should they be the same as the Latin descenders like p and q, meaning just a straight down stroke? We added some contrast instead, so the subtleties of the family’s corresponding Latin and Greek harmonize better with the Cyrillic — and so the Cyrillic is just more interesting on its own.
Actium Latin vs. Cyrillic: a different approach for strokes below the baseline.
Curious what you think. What do you look for when selecting fonts needing to support multiple scripts?
From Amsterdam with love,
Gerben Dollen
Type Mafia
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