Frequently Asked Questions

What is EurAlfabet Mini Logo?

EurAlfabet Mini Logo (European Universal Recognition Alphabet) is a set of three fonts for writing in the Latin, Cyrillic, and Greek alphabets. All languages currently in use in Europe, and throughout the world where European languages are spoken and read, use one or more of these alphabets. For example, the Latin alphabet is used to write English, Spanish, and French; Cyrillic is used to write Russian and some other Slavic languages; and of course Greek is written in the Greek alphabet.

EurAlfabet is based on “visual phonetic conversion” (VPC), a concept that similar letters in different alphabets can be designed to convey the same phonetic value.

How is EurAlfabet Mini Logo used?

EurAlfabet Mini Logo can be used to write anything in any language written in the three specified alphabets. However, because EurAlfabet Mini Logo’s unique features are designed to connect phonetically with the reader, EurAlfabet Mini Logo works best for display purposes in signs, names, logos, and other public postings in large type.

What is the design principal behind EurAlfabet Mini Logo?

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Most of the letters in the three alphabets are essentially the same in all three. These include EurAlfabet letter A, EurAlfabet letter D, EurAlfabet letter E, EurAlfabet letter K, EurAlfabet letter M, EurAlfabet letter O, and EurAlfabet letter T. However, some sounds found in all three alphabets are written in similar, historically related letters that look very different to the unfamiliar reader. Some examples –

In other cases, where there are no similar equivalents, EurAlfabet Mini Logo “cheats” by supplying an imposed “phonetic translation.” For example, the Latin letter “Q” no longer exists in modern Cyrillic or Greek alphabets, but the EurAlfabet Mini Logo letter “EurAlfabet letter Q” alerts the Cyrillic and Greek reader to “hear” it as a “K” sound.

On the same principal, the EurAlfabet Mini Logo-Cyrillic letter “EurAlfabet letter Sh - Ш” informs the western reader it is pronounced “sh”.

Is the EurAlfabet Mini Logo phonetic scheme perfect?

No. Even within the same alphabet, sounds vary from language to language. For example, “Z” doesn’t “sound” the same in English as if does in German or French, though all are written in the same Latin alphabet. EurAlfabet Mini Logo uses the phonetic values of the most widely used language in each alphabet, specifically English for the Latin alphabet and Russian for the Cyrillic alphabet. (However, each of the three EurAlfabet Mini Logo fonts comes with auxiliary letters used to write other languages in that alphabet. So besides letters needed in English, EurAlfabet Mini Logo-Latin includes accented vowels and special characters like German “EurAlfabet ß”. EurAlfabet Mini Logo-Cyrillic provides additional letters for use in Serbian and Ukrainian. Also included along with $ and € is the new “EurAlfabet Ruble Sign” symbol for the Russian ruble!

Of course, the non-phonetic aspects of English spelling frustrate any design attempting to convey phonetic values with any consistency. Whether an English “C” is used in context with the sound “S” or “K,” it will always visually represent “S” in Cyrillic and Greek.

Why is EurAlfabet Mini Logo useful for trade names and logos?

Suppose you are a company called “RSPZ” doing business in part of Europe where readers of (for example) English and Russian are going to see it. When you design your logo, or put the company name on your headquarters, or place an advertisement, what to you write? “RSPZ” or “РСПЗ” – or both? Or do you design two different logos? (It doesn’t help that a Cyrillic “R” looks like a Latin “P,” and Cyrillic “S” looks like Latin “C”!) What to do?

EurAlfabet Mini Logo solves the problem with letters that are clear in both languages (as well as in Greek): EurAlfabet Company Title Example.

So can I then incorporate those EurAlfabet Mini Logo letters into my logo or trade symbol?

Absolutely! According to EurAlfabet Mini Logo’s License to purchasers of the fonts, the buyer may use EurAlfabet Mini Logo letters and symbols in company names, logos, advertising, and other commercial or personal direct use by the buyer. So suppose your “RSPZ” company uses a symbol in its logo or trade name, like “۞”. By purchasing EurAlfabet Mini Logo, you are free to use “RSPZ” in the EurAlfabet Mini Logo font as part of your logo, for example:

EurAlfabet Company Logo Example