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Typeworks: Cyrillic Type Design Workshop


Typography Events
Ralf Herrmann

Event details

In recent years the demands for typefaces covering multiple world languages and scripts have been rising dramatically. To provide designers with an opportunity to explore these unfamiliar territories, we conceived of a series of type design workshops on a variety of world scripts. 

This years workshop will be held between August 23 and 26 in Bern, Switzerland and lead by type designers Maria Doreuli and Krista Radoeva. The workshop will be conducted in English and will introduce the Cyrillic script which is used in over 50 languages including Bulgarian, Macedonian, Russian, Serbian, Ukrainian and many more.



Through a combination of lectures, group exercises, independent work and feedback sessions, the participants will design a Cyrillic extension to their own Latin fonts. The mentors 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. Focusing on the common approaches for designing Cyrillic, this workshop will provide a well structured knowledge on the logic behind the key letters of the script.

Besides the basic Cyrillic, participants will be paying attention to the country-specific alternatives. The mentors will share with the participants the research on the 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.


The workshop is aimed at designers (professionals, students, graphic designers, teachers or any other typographic enthusiasts) who already have some basic experience in type design.

The number of participants is limited to 14. 

Erlesen, located in the cultural hub Progr, Bern.

Bring your own computer, sketchbook and writing tools. Modern font editors such as Glyphs or RoboFont are preferred. As a workshop participant you will get a 10% discount on buying a Glyphs licence.

Early bird price 240 CHF for students and 450 CHF for professionals is available till June 18, 2017. Regular fee will be 280 CHF for students and 500 CHF for professionals.

Submit your application with a short PDF portfolio or link to your website to our email: info@typeworks.ch. We will shortly get in touch with you to inform you about further details.


The application deadline is at midnight, July 16, 2017.

Don’t hesitate to email us if you have any questions.


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