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TDC Non–Latin Workshop: Cyrillic with Maxim Zhukov

February 5, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - February 7, 2016 @ 4:30 pm

To address numerous problems of Cyrillic type design the Type Directors Club is offering a two-day professional seminar and workshop, TDC Cyrillic Week-End.

The increasing demand for multilingual typefaces has been boosted by the latest developments in the technologies of communications. The adoption of Unicode, and the industry-wide transition to OpenType font format has put the skills and the expertise of type designers to a new test. There is a growing expectation of their being able to develop typefaces with expanded glyph sets that cover not one but a number of scripts. Cyrillic is one of these scripts, used by large numbers of readers and writers and designers.

The following features and aspects of Cyrillic type design will be addressed:
Cyrillic’s origin, its history and evolution, its structure, its peculiarities, its traps and pitfalls;
Character-by-character overview, comments and tips (character set: Windows 1251, plus pre-1918 Cyrillic, plus Serbian alternates);
Cyrillic and Latin;
Cyrillic and Greek;
Cyrillic caps, l.c., and yes, s.c.;
Cyrillic roman and Cyrillic italic (and Cyrillic cursive?);
Serbian and Bulgarian Cyrillic;
Old (pre-1918, pre-1945) Cyrillic.

Many existing Cyrillic typefaces will be referred to and commented on. Case studies of various type design projects will be offered. Open discussion of real-life projects will contribute to the practical value of the seminar. Partici­pants should come to the Week-End with their Cyrillic projects (ready to show on screen, in PDF), their problems and their queries. More thorough com­mentaries can be expected if the PDFs are emailed in advance.

About the instructor:
Maxim Zhukov specializes in multilingual typography. For many years he served as a typographic co-ordinator to the United Nations. He is involved in type design, consulting for individual designers and foundries. He taught typographic design at his alma mater, Moscow Printing Institute, and the British School of Art and Design in Moscow. He now teaches at Parsons School of Design in New York. Zhukov often speaks and writes on typography and type design; he is a member of a number of Russian, American and international professional societies and associations.


Friday, February 5
03.00–05:30 p.m.

Field trip to Butler Library, Columbia University. 535 West 114th Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10027; USA.

Private viewing of the rare Russian print and manuscripts from the Rare Book & Manuscript Library (RBML) and the Bakhmeteff Archive of Russian & East European Culture. Cocktails will follow the tour.

Saturday, February 6
08.15 a.m.–04.30 p.m.

08.15–09.00 a.m. Continental breakfast
09.00 a.m.–04.30 p.m.

General discussion of Cyrillic-related issues.
Lunch is included.

Sunday February 7
08.15 a.m.–04.30 p.m.

08.15–09.00 a.m. Continental breakfast
09.00 a.m.–04.30 p.m.

Open discussion of the participants’ Cyrillic designs, a Q & A session.
Lunch is included.

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February 5, 2016 @ 3:00 pm
February 7, 2016 @ 4:30 pm
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