The Cyrillic alphabet in print looks markedly different from the alphabet written in cursive. Students of Cyrillic languages often have trouble making the transition to read cursive because many of the forms are so different from the print they learned to read. Designed as an experimental display typeface based on my own problems as a Russian student, Shamshyna bridges that gap with letterforms that are recognizably similar to print, but also introduce the cursive form.
MFA Schoolwork, Maryland Institute College of Art
Shamshyna’s namesake is my high school Russian teacher, who valiantly taught a group of suburban misfits to appreciate the Russian language and culture. It’s definitely not her fault that I still have trouble reading cursive.