Cyrillicsly: Serious about Cyrillic

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Date(s) - 09/28 - 10/01

Award-winning type designers, Krista Radoeva and Maria Doreuli will demonstrate how to create a Cyrillic extension to your own Latin font.

Learn the history and design fundamentals for designing Cyrillic typefaces in this four-day workshop. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, independent work, and feedback sessions, you will gain an understanding of the structure and the logic behind the Cyrillic script.

The instructors will provide an in-depth look into history, writing, calligraphy, and the contemporary state of the Cyrillic script in order to develop an understanding of the basic structure of letterforms. They will then offer a well-structured system on how to approach designing Cyrillic letterforms.

Besides the basic Cyrillic, participants will become aware of country-specific alternatives. The mentors will share research on extended Cyrillic — not only Bulgarian and Serbian localised forms, but a huge amount of mysterious letters that are being used in hidden parts of Russia and in many of the post-Soviet countries.

Register to Attend:

  • Understanding of history and context of the Cyrillic script
  • Learn about the differences and similarities between Latin and Cyrillic
  • Design Basic Cyrillic for your Latin typeface in a systematic way
  • We’ll also cover different character sets & languages, localised forms, Extended Cyrillic
Required Materials
  • A Latin typeface they will be expanding to Cyrillic
  • A computer with any font editor
About Maria Doreuli

Maria was born and raised in Moscow. The interest in fine arts and graphic arts lead her to Moscow State University of Printing where besides the academical art classes she gained an interest in typography and type design. Under the guidance of Alexander Tarbeev during 2006-2010 she designed her graduation project William (published at Typotheque in 2016). Laking an opportunity to collaborate with experienced type designers in Moscow Maria kept working as a graphic designer during 2009-2012 combining it with occasional type-related projects in her free time. In 2012 after a second attempt she was accepted to Type and Media course in the Hague where she focused on the ways to integrate sketching in type design process. This resulted in her graduation project Chimera. Since then Maria believes in the power of emotion and working with passion. She founded an independent studio Contrast Foundry in 2014 which became international in 2018 when Maria moved to the US. Craving for new challenges and not willing to limit herself in a local type scene Maria relocated to San Francisco and is now working with her colleagues in Moscow across the ocean. Maria’s work was awarded by many prestigious awards including Type Directors Club, ADC, Letter.2, Morisawa among others.

About Krista Radoeva

Krista Radoeva is a freelance type designer from Sofia, Bulgaria. She graduated from the Type and Media Masters at The Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. Her work is focused on multilingual type and lettering and research of the Cyrillic script. She has given talks at conferences such as ATypI and TypeCon, as well as workshops and lectures across Europe and the US. She helps organize the Typofest conference in Bulgaria. Her type design work has been recognized by awards from SOTA Catalyst, Granshan, Modern Cyrillic, D&AD.