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Gaytan (Bulgarian for braid) is a fresh new insight on archaic letterforms. A family of two unicase typefaces – a modernlooking sans and more classic looking serif, equipped with many alternates, sothey can suit any typographic taste.

Gaytan’s unique design was inspired by Old Church Slavonic Cyrillic, Bulgarian Ustav andthe Russian Vyaz stiles, as well as the avant-garde works of Bulgarian typedesigners in late 1970s.

Гайтан – един свеж, нов поглед върхуархаичните форми на буквите .Замислен като фамилия от две начертания с множествоалтернативни знаци, проектът е вдъхновен от църковно-славянската кирилица,българския Устав, руския Вяз и авангардните проекти на българските типографипрез 70-те и 80 те години на миналия век.


  • Featured at Stalker & Friends annual graphic design exhibition 2012 Varna, Bulgaria
  • Competitor at Granshan 2012 International non-latin type design competition
  • Exhibited at Sofia Design Week 2013 as part of New Bulgarian Typography exhibition

Opinions and mentions

MyFonts Staff

“Vassil Kateliev’s gorgeous and baroque new Gaytan is based on Bulgarian and Russian lettering styles, most notably the decorative forms found in Slavonic church documents and architectural lettering….”

“…I like the subtle curves, the unexpected flare serif, and the uniqueness of the forms overall. A lot of roman typefaces inspired by non-roman alphabets are kitschy and tacky; this escapes that, taking the actual design principles behind its influence and making them work quite successfully in a western alphabet….”

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