[NTG-context] OT: looking for a "soviet" font

Henning Hraban Ramm texml at fiee.net
Wed Apr 16 05:45:32 CEST 2014


Am 2014-04-15 um 23:15 schrieb Joshua Krämer <joshua.kraemer at gmail.com>:

> The most used Soviet typeface is Literaturnaya.  You can find it here
> for example:
> 
> http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/paratype/literaturnaya/
> 
> There is also a free digital version available.  (I think you can find
> it on the CTAN).  But all digital versions I know of are not really
> well-suited for body text (they are quite thin, obviously based on a
> display size of the original typeface).
> 
> A derived typeface which is a bit better for text is Quant Antiqua:
> 
> http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/paratype/quant-antiqua/
> 
> While Literaturnaya/Quant are surely the best matches for Soviet
> typography in general, they may not be the best match for Soviet
> modernism. Maybe Baltica could fit better:
> 
> http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/paratype/baltica/
> 
> Generally, I suggest to search through the ParaType offerings.  They
> have many nice typefaces, which are not expensive.

Thank you very much!

On TeX-D-L Ulrich Dirr suggested Academy, Baltica, Literaturnaya, Journal/Sans or Ladoga, all from Paratype.

Unfortunately Ladoga and Quant lack the Kyrgyz and Kasakh glyphs that I need. (They have special characters for „German umlaut sounds“ ü and ö, as well as ng).

I don’t think Baltica is very legible, even if it fits the style.
Literaturnaya seems a bit too light, but as „favourite text face of Soviet typography“ it surely fits the bill.

I’ll probably go for Journal+Sans, but I didn’t scan the whole Paratype library yet.


Greetlings, Hraban
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