Cyrillic showcase: a look at awesome Slavic design

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There’s no doubt about it — the Roman alphabet dominates the world of graphic design (and this blog, for obvious reasons). While this happens to be what the market requires, it does not mean that the Roman alphabet is the most interesting to look at. In fact, it’s starting to feel a little stale around here.

So, in the spirit of diversity we’re going to switch it up and showcase designs in a fresh new script: Cyrillic. Used by over 250 million Slavic speakers, mostly in Eastern Europe and Russia, Cyrillic is kind of like the Roman alphabet’s estranged but beautiful cousin:

The Russian alphabet uses Cyrillic script

In the last twenty years, Cyrillic has cast off the drab blockiness that we associate with the Soviet Union and Slavic design is flourishing. Here are some marvelous examples:

Designs by Andrei Grabelnikov

Designs by Boris Ushmanov

Designs by Aleksei Romashin

Designs by Alex Ricochet

Designs by Gagik Mesropyan

Designs by Glen Jan (left) and Oleg Pospelov (right)

Designs by Ray Design Studio (left) and Nogachev (right)

Design by Dmitriy Design

Three designs by Bulgarian, 20th century graphic design luminary, Stefan Kanchev

The selection of contests on 99designs that ask for a Cyrillic design is fairly small. Nevertheless, we were able to find some truly awesome specimens (and if you come across any more, post them in the comments!):

Design by Cheburashka1

Design by Cici0

Design by Simolio

Have you seen any great Cyrillic designs lately? Share them in the comments!

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Alex contributes from New York City on topics ranging from branding and typography to the history of design.