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About

The Foundry

lettersoup is an independent type foundry based in Berlin, Germany. It was founded by Botio Nikoltchev in 2014. The main focus of lettersoup is cooking fonts with Latin, Cyrillic, Greek and Arabic taste.

Ani & Botio

Botio Nikoltchev was born in Sofia March 29, 1978. He studied communication design at the University of Applied Science Potsdam and took type design classes with Luc(as) de Groot. After his studies Botio worked with Ole Schäfer (primetype) on the Cyrillic characters of PTL Manual, PTL Manual Mono and PTL Notes. Since 2010 he has been collaborating with Ralph du Carrois and Erik Spiekermann as type designer and art director at Carrois Type Design, focusing on Cyrillic, Greek and Arabic language extensions and CI projects.

Ani Petrova was born in Sofia February 12, 1988. She completed her Bachelor’s degree at The National Academy of Art in Sofia with specialization in book and printed graphics. And in February 2014 she completed her Master’s degree in Type design. Immediately after completing her higher education, she started working as a type designer at Fontfabric. In 2017 Ani decided to concentrate on her own type projects and became a member of the lettersoup team.

Retail Fonts

We design typefaces as an expression of ourselves, of our understanding about form and details. This are typefaces that we find useful, modern and characteristic. But we believe it is also very important that our fonts work excellent in the medium that they will be used in. Our main focus is creating fonts with extensive coverage of Latin, Cyrillic and Greek script. Each of them are readily available for plenty languages and supports numerous Opentype features. The fonts are available in OpenType CFF and True Type format for desktop usage. And WOFF, WOFF2 & EOT format for the web. Our retail fonts can be purchased with a very simple license model — one license for desktop and web usage.

Custom Fonts

In addition to our retail library, we create custom fonts for clients with specific needs. Custom type is for customers who want something different – something unique that is exclusively theirs. But a custom font is also a very powerful tool, which can entirely satisfy your visual identity and technical requirements. We’ve designed custom type solutions for discerning clients worldwide. Of course we also are expanding existing fonts with language extensions or additional signs, or bring your existing corporate typeface to the highest technical and quality standards. Please contact us for further information.

Free Fonts

Nearly each of our font families offers free weights. This way we like to share our work and give you the opportunity to use the fonts and see if it is suitable for your project. Besides, we also make entirely free fonts just for fun, so stay tuned!

Workshops

We are always happy to take part in design events, to talk about our work, or make workshops.

We had lectured at Typofest I in 2014 about Corporate Fonts and Hinting. Also we made a workshop about creating fonts with Glyphs App at the Typofest II in Sofia, Bulgaria. And in summer 2017 we had a talk about «Being a Typedesigner» at Raster Minds Conference Varna.

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