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Neacademia is a Latin and Cyrillic type family inspired by the types cut by 15th century Italian punchcutter Francesco Griffo for the famous Venetian printer and publisher Aldus Manutius. The family comprises different versions optimised for specific point sizes, as was traditional in metal type. While the display sizes maintain a visual link to calligraphic roots, text sizes exhibit more typographic qualities, following the hand of the carver, not the calligrapher.

Neacademia was designed with specific allowances for letterpress photopolymer printing. Printed digitally, it can tolerate – and even benefit from – low resolution, rough paper, and low-grade presswork. It also adopts a more traditional approach to kerning and caps-spacing – instead of a multitude of kerning pairs, it makes use of alternative contextual letterforms. In many ways, it feels like using metal type again!

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2009
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Modern Cyrillic
2012
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“Do we need yet another Aldine revival? If it is as spirited and well-executed as this one – oh yes, please!”
for Typographica
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“If you still ask yourself whether this might be a good addition to your library, typeset the question in Neacademia – you will love that question mark!”
for Typographica

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Latin (94 languages)
Afar, Afrikaans, Albanian, Asturian/Leonese, Basque, Belarusian, Bosnian (Latin), Breton, Catalan, Chamorro, Chichewa, Cornish, Corsican, Crimean Tatar, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch/Flemish, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, Frisian, Friulian, Galician, German, Greenlandic/Kalaallisut, Hawaiian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Ido, Inari Sami, Indonesian, Interlingua, Irish, Italian, Karelian, Kashubian, Kiribati, Kurdish, Ladin, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Lower Sorbian, Lule Saami, Luxembourgian, Malay, Maltese, Manx, Maori, Northern Saami, Northern Sotho, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Occitan, Palauan, Pite Saami, Polish, Portuguese, Rarotongan, Rhaeto-Romanic, Romani, Romanian/Moldavian, Samoan, Sango, Scottish Gaelic, Serbian (Latin), Shona, Slovak, Slovenian, Southern Saami, Spanish/Castillian, Swahili, Swati, Swedish, Tagalog, Tahitian, Tetum, Tokelauan, Tsonga, Tswana, Turkish, Turkmen (Latin), Ume Saami, Upper Sorbian, Veps, Wallisian, Walloon, Welsh, Wolof, Yapese
text cyrillic
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Cyrillic (44 languages)
Abaza, Adyghian, Avaric/Avar, Azerbaijani/Azeri (Cyrillic), Bashkir, Belorussian, Bosnian (Cyrillic), Bulgarian, Buryat, Chechen, Chuvash, Dargin, Dungan, Erzyan, Ingush, Kabardian, Kalmyk, Kara-Kalpak, Kazakh, Kirghiz, Komi, Komi-Permyak, Kumyk, Lakh, Lezgian, Macedonian, Moksha, Mongolian, Montenegrin, Nanai, Nogay, Ossetic, Romanian/Moldavian (Cyrillic), Russian, Rusyn, Serbian (Cyrillic), Tabasaran, Tajik, Talysh, Tatar, Turkmen (Cyrillic), Tuvan, Ukrainian, Uzbek
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94 languages
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Latin (94 languages)
Afar, Afrikaans, Albanian, Asturian/Leonese, Basque, Belarusian, Bosnian (Latin), Breton, Catalan, Chamorro, Chichewa, Cornish, Corsican, Crimean Tatar, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch/Flemish, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, Frisian, Friulian, Galician, German, Greenlandic/Kalaallisut, Hawaiian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Ido, Inari Sami, Indonesian, Interlingua, Irish, Italian, Karelian, Kashubian, Kiribati, Kurdish, Ladin, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Lower Sorbian, Lule Saami, Luxembourgian, Malay, Maltese, Manx, Maori, Northern Saami, Northern Sotho, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Occitan, Palauan, Pite Saami, Polish, Portuguese, Rarotongan, Rhaeto-Romanic, Romani, Romanian/Moldavian, Samoan, Sango, Scottish Gaelic, Serbian (Latin), Shona, Slovak, Slovenian, Southern Saami, Spanish/Castillian, Swahili, Swati, Swedish, Tagalog, Tahitian, Tetum, Tokelauan, Tsonga, Tswana, Turkish, Turkmen (Latin), Ume Saami, Upper Sorbian, Veps, Wallisian, Walloon, Welsh, Wolof, Yapese
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44 languages
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Cyrillic (44 languages)
Abaza, Adyghian, Avaric/Avar, Azerbaijani/Azeri (Cyrillic), Bashkir, Belorussian, Bosnian (Cyrillic), Bulgarian, Buryat, Chechen, Chuvash, Dargin, Dungan, Erzyan, Ingush, Kabardian, Kalmyk, Kara-Kalpak, Kazakh, Kirghiz, Komi, Komi-Permyak, Kumyk, Lakh, Lezgian, Macedonian, Moksha, Mongolian, Montenegrin, Nanai, Nogay, Ossetic, Romanian/Moldavian (Cyrillic), Russian, Rusyn, Serbian (Cyrillic), Tabasaran, Tajik, Talysh, Tatar, Turkmen (Cyrillic), Tuvan, Ukrainian, Uzbek
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94 languages
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Latin (94 languages)
Afar, Afrikaans, Albanian, Asturian/Leonese, Basque, Belarusian, Bosnian (Latin), Breton, Catalan, Chamorro, Chichewa, Cornish, Corsican, Crimean Tatar, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch/Flemish, English, Esperanto, Estonian, Faroese, Finnish, French, Frisian, Friulian, Galician, German, Greenlandic/Kalaallisut, Hawaiian, Hungarian, Icelandic, Ido, Inari Sami, Indonesian, Interlingua, Irish, Italian, Karelian, Kashubian, Kiribati, Kurdish, Ladin, Latin, Latvian, Lithuanian, Lower Sorbian, Lule Saami, Luxembourgian, Malay, Maltese, Manx, Maori, Northern Saami, Northern Sotho, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Occitan, Palauan, Pite Saami, Polish, Portuguese, Rarotongan, Rhaeto-Romanic, Romani, Romanian/Moldavian, Samoan, Sango, Scottish Gaelic, Serbian (Latin), Shona, Slovak, Slovenian, Southern Saami, Spanish/Castillian, Swahili, Swati, Swedish, Tagalog, Tahitian, Tetum, Tokelauan, Tsonga, Tswana, Turkish, Turkmen (Latin), Ume Saami, Upper Sorbian, Veps, Wallisian, Walloon, Welsh, Wolof, Yapese
display cyrillic
44 languages
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Cyrillic (44 languages)
Abaza, Adyghian, Avaric/Avar, Azerbaijani/Azeri (Cyrillic), Bashkir, Belorussian, Bosnian (Cyrillic), Bulgarian, Buryat, Chechen, Chuvash, Dargin, Dungan, Erzyan, Ingush, Kabardian, Kalmyk, Kara-Kalpak, Kazakh, Kirghiz, Komi, Komi-Permyak, Kumyk, Lakh, Lezgian, Macedonian, Moksha, Mongolian, Montenegrin, Nanai, Nogay, Ossetic, Romanian/Moldavian (Cyrillic), Russian, Rusyn, Serbian (Cyrillic), Tabasaran, Tajik, Talysh, Tatar, Turkmen (Cyrillic), Tuvan, Ukrainian, Uzbek
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highlights

Excellent book face, smaller x-height with elegant extenders
Contextual alternates improve spacing and reading experience
Optical variants carefully optimized for specific point sizes
Neacademia features working small caps in both Latin and Cyrillic

opentype features

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Ligatures
Discretionary ligatures
Contextual alternates (many!)
Lining tabular figures
Ranging tabular figures
Small caps (regular only)
Old-style hyphen (stylistic set 3)
Turkish/Azeri/Crimean Tatar
Romanian/Moldavian
Historical swashes (stylistic set 2, italic only)
Ordinals
Small-cap figures
All caps & case-sensitive punctuation
Ornaments

web performance

The fonts have been screen-optimized (hinted) and perform well in large text and display sizes across all browsers which support @font-face CSS rule.
Mac OS X (Mavericks) Chrome 28
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Design: Sergei Egorov

Sergei Egorov was born in Moscow. He graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in 1985. Today, he lives near Washington DC. In the early 90s Sergei got acquainted with Donald Knuth’s type-setting system TeX and everyday TeX programming has gradually grown into a genuine interest across his work in typography and book design. The scope of his interests extends to Cyrillic, Greek, and Latin palaeography, as well as typographic history. Sergei has been creating his own typefaces since 2003.

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Post-production : David Březina