Type@Cooper - Introduction to Cyrillic

Introduction to Cyrillic


with Aleksandra Samuļenkova




Sun., Jun. 25 – Sun., Jun. 25, 2017
10:00AM – 5:00PM
location: On campus

This workshop will make you familiar with the Cyrillic script. You will learn what is common between Cyrillic and Latin and what is not. All the Cyrillic letters and their peculiarities will be discussed: possible shape variations, proportions in relation to other letters, contrast axis, placement of terminals, serifs etc. We will study uppercase and lowercase, as well as upright, italic, and the distinct handwritten constructions. In addition to that, we will look at local variants of certain Cyrillic letters. I will give a brief overview of the history of the Cyrillic script and will show examples of relevant contemporary Cyrillic type design.

We will spend the second half of the day sketching Cyrillic and reviewing your work.

This workshop will help you to avoid the common “non-native” pitfalls when designing a Cyrillic typeface. Besides that, I will provide directions for further studies and a list of sources on Cyrillic.


    Required Materials

  • paper
  • pencils, pencil sharpener, eraser
  • black markers in several sizes
  • white-out
  • Optionally: a laptop with a font editor or other vector graphics software




Instructor: Aleksandra Samuļenkova

Introduction to Cyrillic
Aleksandra Samuļenkova is a Latvian-born type designer. She studied visual communication in Riga (Latvia) and Berlin (Germany), where she studied type design with Luc(as) de Groot. In 2012, she graduated from the Type and Media master program at the Royal Academy of Art the Hague (The Netherlands). Aleksandra’s graduation project Pilot won the first prize at The Fine Press Association’s Student Type Competition, and received a “Certificate of Typographic Excellence” in the 2017 TDC Typeface Design Competition. From 2012 until early 2017 Aleksandra worked as a type designer at LucasFonts in Berlin. In the beginning of 2017 she moved to the Netherlands. Aleksandra’s daily work as a type designer in various countries resulted in a keen interest in the origins of typographic traditions within the Latin and Cyrillic scripts.



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