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Catalog of Slavonic Font Families

1. Ustav Fonts - representing the handwritten system of Paleoslavonic, Old [Church] Slavonic, AND including the Glagolitic script.

a) Glagolitic fonts
b) Cyrillic fonts
c) Dual fonts
d) Packaged fonts

2. Slavonic Incunabula - representing the primitive typographic tradition of the first editions of Venice, Krakow (Dr. Francisk Skorinja), and other locations in the Balkan lands (Skopie, etc.).

3. Poluustav Fonts - this can be divided into three sub-families:

a) Oldstyle Poluustav
b) Newstyle Poluustav
c) Kievan Poluustav

4. Synodal Era Slavonic Fonts - Following the lead of the Moscow Synodal Typografiia, all of the other Slavic lands (with the exception for Kievan and Old Believer editions) adopted a style of modernized typography which was heavily influenced by elements of western European typography.

5. Modern Slavonic Fonts - This includes font designs of the past 30 years which have cast aside all pretense of using historical typefaces as models.

6. Civil Script Fonts - This includes any modern Unicode and legacy-encoded fonts (both serif and san serif typefaces) containing Slavonic characters redesigned to match Latin letter forms, which are primarily used for academic purposes.

7. Decorative Slavonic Fonts - This includes the whole range of historical letter forms used for ornamentation. This family can be subdivided as:

a) Bukvitsa Fonts ("drop caps")
b) Zastavka and Viaz' Fonts (titling fonts)
c) Artistic Text and Titling Fonts (non-standard, innovative styles)
d) Balkan Decorative Fonts
e) Romanian Latinitsa Fonts
f) Symbol Fonts

8. Handwriting Slavonic Fonts

a) Skoropis' Fonts
b) Modern Cursive Fonts
c) Calligraphic Fonts

9. Chant Notation Fonts - This includes neumatic notations (Byzantine and Znamenny notation) and Kievan Square-note notation. (This area will be developed in the future.)

10. Other Languages

Font Designers and Distributors

Non-Commercial (Free) Distributors of Slavonic Fonts

Commercial Distributors of Slavonic Fonts


* LEGAL DISCLAIMER: The majority of these fonts were found posted on the internet - free of charge. Unless stated otherwise, I am assuming that it is legally acceptable for me to provide copies of these fonts on my web site, although I will always attempt to give due credit to the font designers and links to web sites where these fonts are originally distributed (if such information is currently known). Several older fonts are now quite difficult to find on the internet, and I am offering them for download at this site. Fonts that are distributed commercially should be legally purchased, and I will attempt to provide links to the original font vendors. I am not the creator of most of these fonts. If you are the creator of a font here and would like it removed, please let me know. This site is not for any commercial endeavor and I do not receive any form of payment. This reference collection is offered as a free service for Eastern Orthodox publishers, typographers, and those who simply enjoy collecting fonts. Please e-mail me if you know of any other "Orthodox" fonts, or if you have any suggestions to improve this reference tool. (Nikita Simmons, editor)