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
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!
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.