The Karandash type foundry

Karandash is a small independent type design studio, based in Varna, Bulgaria. It was established in 2010 by designer Vassil Kateliev, focused in designing high quality body and display typefaces for Eastern Europe. Our main objective is to satisfy the constantly growing demand for superior localised type sets in our home country, as well as those of neighboring countries (Greece, Turkey, Romania and etc.). We also provide custom lettering services on demand for corporate and personal use. We take orders for brand design and corporate fonts. For more information or inquiries, feel free to contact us!

The projects

We are proud to initiate and to be part of, series of typographic projects, aimed at reviving classical Bulgarian type designs originating from 1930 to 1990 – Revival series; as well as participating in new ones –The Fontmaker series.

The Fontmaker series ( is a collaborative project with Jordan Jelev, a well known Bulgarian calligrapher and cult wine label designer. The type designs are done on paper, using traditional calligraphic and artistic methods, then digitally recreated, thus achieving excellence in quality, visual pleasure and beauty.

The people

2013 | Varna
Vassil Kateliev was born 1980 in Varna, Bulgaria. In 2005 he took a major degree in Communication Engineering and Technologies at Technical University of Varna. Several years later after a very successful career as graphic designer, he decided to go back studying and in 2012 he took a second master degree in Industrial design at Technical University of Varna, where he currently teaches and writes his doctoral thesis.

Working restlessly in the field of Cyrillic type design, he often participates in various type and graphic design exhibitions home and abroad. In 2013 he was invited to display his works in New Bulgarian Typography exhibition, part of Sofia Design Week. In 2014 his type family Basil was awarded Special Mention in Cyrillic category at the 7th International Type Design Competition for non-Latin typefaces – Granshan 2014.

Since 2011 Kateliev is running small but promising independent type design studio called Karandash. He is also working in together with the renowned Bulgarian calligrapher and graphic designer Jordan Jelev in their collaborative type foundry – The FontMaker.

2013 | Varna

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