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by naverhtrad


Basmachi is a Central-Asian flavoured typeface inspired by Cyrillic titling fonts in popular use in Kazakhstani public schools.
176 characters, 122 downloads
Fri, 9th October, 6:32 AM 2009
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Mon, 10th December, 3:24 PM 2012
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will.i.ૐ Fri, 23rd October, 2009

This is awesome. Fantastic ’structing!

Some feedback:
• Would you alter (or add some alternates for) the F, f, and r,? Lacking a heavy calligraphic semi-serif (e.g. as in the i) they appear too light and break from the brushstroke rendering that makes this font so grand.
• The f might benefit form a descender and maybe a heavy ascender echoing the h.
• I think your t is certainly unique, but could benefit from some asymmetry to go with the brisk right-leaning movement of the set.
• I really like how the a, b, d, p, q have unique counter shapes...but perhaps there’s another variation that will finesse that g.

Still – brilliant!!!

aphoria Fri, 23rd October, 2009

Really cool. Great numerals.

naverhtrad Fri, 23rd October, 2009

Thanks, will.i.aum and aphoria. I'll see what I can do with some of the letters you mentioned, if tweaking them would help them fit better. (For that matter, the Cyrillic Р, Г and Ғ might need some tweaking also.)

gferreira_admin Fri, 23rd October, 2009

Very interesting to see the inverted contrast typical of eastern scripts applied to the latin and cyrillic alphabets.

p2pnut Fri, 23rd October, 2009

A fascinating font :)

architaraz Thu, 15th December, 2011

I'm kazakh, and this one's just like a present for me. Thx )))

meek Thu, 15th December, 2011

Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “Basmachi” is now a Top Pick.

meek Mon, 10th December, 2012

Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “Basmachi” is now a current Featured FontStruction.

architaraz Mon, 10th December, 2012

Yeap, totally deserved!

It certainly works for me, for I am kazakh, but does letter "T" look like a "T" for latin alphabet users?

naverhtrad Mon, 10th December, 2012

Dear architaraz, meek, p2pnut and gferreira_admin,

Many thanks for your comments and support!

architaraz, that's true. I was really heavy into the 'authenticity' of the font at the time, I think. Perhaps I might make a more 'Latin-friendly' variant with just the right-hand descender?

UPDATE: Yeah, just the right-hand descender looks kind of weird. I used the tail end, though, on the main stem; looks a lot better now. Also, will.i.aum - you were right, the asymmetric 't' looks a lot better. Now the real toughie - do I replace the Cyrillic equivalent or not? I rather like my top-heavy 'т'...

architaraz Wed, 12th December, 2012

Don't change cyrillic T,т, they work very well like that!
Would flipping latin "T" horizontally be more suitable?

vbezzerides Sun, 10th February, 2013


RdManebog Wed, 20th February, 2013

Oh i like it! I'm new!

svan Mon, 20th May, 2013

So Niice !

ragnazar Wed, 29th May, 2013

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