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Basmachi is a Central-Asian flavoured typeface inspired by Cyrillic titling fonts in popular use in Kazakhstani public schools.


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!!!
Comment by William Leverette (will.i.ૐ) 23rd october 2009
Really cool. Great numerals.
Comment by aphoria 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.)
Comment by naverhtrad 23rd october 2009
Very interesting to see the inverted contrast typical of eastern scripts applied to the latin and cyrillic alphabets.
Comment by gferreira_admin 23rd october 2009
A fascinating font :)
Comment by p2pnut 23rd october 2009
I'm kazakh, and this one's just like a present for me. Thx )))
Comment by kassymkulov 15th december 2011
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “Basmachi” is now a Top Pick.
Comment by Rob Meek (meek) 15th december 2011
Congratulations! FontStruct Staff have deemed your FontStruction worthy of special mention. “Basmachi” is now a current Featured FontStruction.
Comment by Rob Meek (meek) 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?
Comment by kassymkulov 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'...
Comment by naverhtrad 10th december 2012
Don't change cyrillic T,т, they work very well like that!
Would flipping latin "T" horizontally be more suitable?
Comment by kassymkulov 12th december 2012
Comment by vbezzerides 10th february 2013
Oh i like it! I'm new!
Comment by RdManebog 20th february 2013
So Niice !
Comment by svan 20th may 2013
| (Shift+\) is missed
Comment by ragnazar 29th may 2013

The sassy and smart one

Comment by Anaiyaj26 22nd october 2020

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