Bulgaria Moderna Font


Bulgaria Moderna Font by Yanko Tsvetkov is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License. Some rights reserved. Please read the license before use.

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Bulgaria Moderna is an OpenType digital font inspired by the Early Cyrillic script developed during the 10th Century in the Preslav Literary School. In addition to all modern Cyrillic characters, the project covers the entire set of modern Latin and Greek alphabets with many additional special characters and a complete set of diacritics.

The Story

The origins of most alphabets are often shrouded in mystery, it’s almost impossible to know for sure how, by whom and when it was introduced. The Cyrillic alphabet is no exception. It carries the name of Saint Cyril, a Byzantine missionary send to Moravia by the Empreror with the task to consolidate Byzantine influence against the German clergy. His most frightening weapon was an alphabet, especially customized for the Slavic language – the Glagolitic, which he created himself. Even though The Cyrillic alphabet is named after Cyril, most scolars agree this is a sign of homage instead of acknowledgement of an authorship. The alphabet itself originated in the First Bulgarian Empire, which welcomed Cyril’s students after his mission to Moravia failed. From Bulgaria, the alphabet spread to Serbia and later to other Slavic states such as Kievan Rus, the predecessor of the Russian Empire. During the ages, the alphabet got simplified and reformed several times and Russia’s influence spread it as far as Mongolia.

Reinventing The Early Cyrillic Aesthetic

Bulgaria Moderna was one of my first typographic projects, born out of curiosity but also necessity. In the winter of 2010 I was working on a Bulgarian ethnographic design project and I needed a suitable font. I wasn’t satisfied with what I found on the market, so I started dreaming of making one on my own. Few months later, in July, during one of the hottest London summers ever, I felt I was brave enough to dive in the cold murky waters of typography. The real cause was probably heat-induced insanity but whatever pushed me, I think it worked. Now Bulgaria Moderna is in its third version and not only supports all Slavic Cyrillic-based alphabets, it also includes all Latin and Greek characters. As usual, any feedback, positive or negative, is highly appreciated.

50 comments on “Bulgaria Moderna Font

    • Не мога да дам точни указания, понеже не работя на Mac, но инсталирането на този шрифт не би трябвало да се различава от който и да е друг Open Type шрифт, използван в Mac OS.

  • I’ve tried installing this font on a Mac running OS X 10.8.4. The numbers install OK, but the letters don’t. How can I get this font for a Mac?

    • Hi Wendy and thanks for your feedback! I work on Windows and it’s hard to give you an immediate answer. Technically, the font should be cross-platform but perhaps there is a quirk somewhere in the settings that prevents the characters from rendering in OS X 10.8.4. I will do my best to investigate and fix the problem in the next version.

  • Блгагодаря за фонта. Няма ли някой PayPal бутон, в който да се отблагорим и парично ?

    • Пак заповядайте! Все още работя по интеграцията на PayPal в сайта ми, но при желание можете да пробвате на страницата на Bulgaria Moderna в Dafont. Там има donate бутон точно под download бутона вдясно. Искрено оценявам подкрепата, обещавам следващата версия на шрифта да е още по-добра! Поздрави!

  • Hey! Its me again… :)Ive got a problem while using Bulgaria Moderna… In MS WORD 2007 the ascenders (so the diacritics too) are like cut out from the letter… Also there’s so much free space between the bottom of the letter and the line of writing in “normal” fonts… Maybe you could move the letters in Bulgaria Moderna a little bit down, so the problem would stop occuring? Thanks a lot!And Im still waiting for the new version of Your font! I like it very much!
    But it would be nice if You could include in the new version some additional cyrillic letters, like for example the civil version of letter “Земля” (like Зз) and all the letters from Old Church Slavonic cyrillic script (like “ksi”, “psi”, “izhitsa” etc.)Keep in touch! :)

  • Искам да се поправя. В Битолския надпис на Иван Владислав има малко лигатури. По-скоро имах предвид надписа на цар Иван Асен II  (от „Св. Четиридесет мъченици“).Може да се види тук: http://bg.wikipedia.org/wiki/Търновски_надпис_на_цар_Иван_Асен_ІІ — в мрежата има увеличени по-детайлни изображения.

  • Look, zmeypc is writing Bulgarian language. If you should also include transliteration characters for all South Asian languages.

    • @Taewong , you are right. If you don’t understand Bulgarian language, please, use gtranslate or similar service.

    • @Taewong Hi Taewong! I have plans to cover as many writing systems as possible, There is one South Asian language, which is supported in the next version of the font that will come out very soon and that is Vietnamese. I will try to add support for more in future versions.

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