Modern Cyrillic 2014

    International Type Design Competition

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All entries must be submitted using the electronic entry form.

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Entry Format

The font complement of an entry submitted to the competition may include uppercase and/or lowercase letters, small caps, punctuation marks, numerals and other characters included in standard Cyrillic codepages (Macintosh Cyrillic or Windows CP 1251). Custom typefaces, as well as decorative, initial and display designs, etc., may have a reduced or extended font complement.

Inclusion of Latin glyphs is desirable but not mandatory. The minimal Cyrillic font complement should allow for composition of a text in one of the languages that use the Cyrillic alphabet.

Additional Information

Addition information about a revival typeface or a Cyrillisation (derivative design) including the names of prototype fonts, their date of issue and the names of their designers and manufacturers, should be indicated on the application form.

Design Format

Entries should be submitted on an A3-size sheets (297 × 420 mm with a printable area of 277 × 400 mm). Entries in PDF format are preferred. TIFF and JPG formats are also acceptable.

The name of the typeface, designers, clients, manufacturers or distributors must not appear anywhere on the entry sheets.

The jury will only consider black-and-white images. Colour images are only accepted if the use of colour is a significant feature of the submitted design.

We recommend using the following guidelines and sequence for your presentation:


The entire font complement of a design submitted to the competition should be shown on the first sheet, in a large font size. Depending on the design of the typeface, a single font size should be used for the capitals, the lower-case, and the small-cap glyphs. The font should include a Cyrillic glyph set, either the standard complement based on the Mac Cyrillic or Windows CP1251 codepage, or their part, allowing the composition of a text in one of the languages that use the Cyrillic alphabet.


If the entry is a type family, the font complement of each constituent style should be shown on a separate sheet.


On other sheets examples of the potential use of the typeface should be shown. They should be reflective of the purpose and the special features of the design, and to display the typeface in the very best way possible. These specimens or their details may be later used in the catalogue of the winning entries, and the publications related to the competition.


The examples may include, but are not limited to, headlines, short or long passages of text, sample pages or double-page spreads of books and periodicals, screen shots of monitors, tablets, smart phones, and more. For body text typefaces designed for print, a sample text setting in various font sizes, from 6 to 14 pt., is mandatory.

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Typeface Categories
Competition categories help organise entries for the jury’s convenience. The organisers and jury reserve the right, if necessary, to transfer submitted type designs from one category to another.
Text Typefaces
Typefaces and type families for use in the composition of text for continuous reading.
Display Typefaces
Typefaces and type families for headings and shorter messages, phrases and words in large point sizes, including handwritten, calligraphic, and decorative etc.
Type System
Extended type families, that contain not only companion styles, such as italic, bold, and bold italic, but also include separate (scale-optimised) styles for text and display usage (roman, italic, bold, etc.). Also called superfamilies, they may include styles that fall under multiple typeface classifications that are designed to be used together, for example, serif and sans-serif are also considered in this category.
Typeface Design
Proper indication of the design’s features will help the jury to correctly ascertain and evaluate the design of the submitted typeface(s).
Original Type Designs
Wholly or partly original designs in concept and execution, which have no direct prototypes, and are not a direct reproduction of any existing typeface.
Typefaces created as a reconstruction of a historical prototype, or as a modern interpretation of a classical type. This does not apply to typefaces originally created for a different script without the Cyrillic character set (such entries would be classified as a “derivative designs”). Entries must be accompanied by the names of the prototype fonts, their date of issue, and the names of their designers and manufacturers.
Custom Design
(a) Modified versions of existing typefaces, designed to complement existing designs with additional styles, e.g. in weight or width; with added or removed serifs; text, display, decorative versions etc.; (b) a Cyrillic version of typefaces originally designed for a non-Cyrillic script. Entries need to include names of the prototype typefaces, their dates of issue and the names of their designers and manufacturers.
Custom Type Designs
Typefaces and type families developed on commission from a client to meet particular requirements, as well as type created for specific uses (e.g. navigation systems, aids for the visually impaired or dyslexic, etc.). Entries need to include descriptions of the objectives.
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