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Events : TDC Educational Series : TDC Non-Latin Week-Ends : Maxim Zhukov : Cyrillic

TDC Educational Series
:: TDC Non-Latin Week-Ends
:: Maxim Zhukov : Cyrillic

To address numerous problems of non-Latin type design the Type Directors Club is offering a series of two-day professional seminars and workshops, TDC Non-Latin Week-Ends.

The seminar on Cyrillic will be the first in the series, with Maxim Zhukov as the instructor-moderator.

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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.

Features of Cyrillic will include :

About the Instructor

Maxim Zhukov's main occupation is multilingual typography. For many years he served as a typographic co-ordinator to the United Nations. Zhukov is involved in typeface design, consulting for many individual designers and type foundries. He taught typographic design at his alma mater, Moscow Printing Institute, and now teaches at Parsons School of Design and The Cooper Union in New York. Maxim Zhukov writes on typography and type design. He is a member of a number of Russian and American professional societies and associations. He is a member of the Board of ATypl, and the country delegate for Russia.

Class Date and Time

Friday–Sunday 2–4 March 2007

Field trip and evening reception : Friday 2 March 2007


TDC Conference Center
127 West 25th Street, 8th floor
New York, NY 10001

Seminar Schedule

Afternoon Friday 2 March 2007

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
A trip to the New York Public Library (Slavic & Baltic Division).

We are having a private sampling of the selections from the New York Public Library Russian typographic collection: some really old (early 18th century) books, set in Civil Type ('Romain du Tsar'), and some late 19th-century—early 20th century type specimen books of the important Russian type foundries (Saint Petersburg and Moscow). Here are the directions to the NYPL Humanities and Social Sciences Library:

NYPL H & SS Library

(Please note that the sign saying "main entrance to the Library on 5th Avenue is temporarily closed. All visitors should use the 42nd Street entrance") is out of date; ignore it.

Our group is to meet at 3:00 p.m. in the main lobby (Astor Hall, 5th Ave. @ 42nd St.; entrance from 5th Avenue).

Public Library Map
Astor Hall, Public Library

The viewing of the Russian type books is to take place in Rooms 217 and 207, on the 2nd floor. Room 207 is located at the staff area of the Library; our group may have to be escorted there by a security guard. If we have a little more time, we may want to take a look at a new exhibition 'Russia Imagined, 1825-1925: The Art and Impact of Fedor Solntsev' (it will open on the same day, Friday, the 2nd, and will be on display at Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III Gallery, located on the 1st floor:

Russia Imagined

Evening Friday 2 March 2007

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
A cocktail reception at the TDC Conference Center 127 West 25 Street, 8th floor

Saturday 3 March 2007

8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Continental breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Seminar
General discussion of the Cyrillic-related issues.
(lunch is included)

Sunday 4 March 2007

8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Continental breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Seminar
Open discussion of the participants' Cyrillic designs; a Q&A session
(lunch is included)


Registration is required. Space is limited. Limit 20 attendees maximum.


Four Points by Sheraton
160 West 25 Street
New York, NY  10001
T : 212-627-1888

Rooms in the Type Directors Club name
$255 per night
if reserved before Friday 9 February 2007

Cancellation Policy

If you must cancel for any reason, please notify us via e-mail at by Friday 16 February 2007. Your registration fee will be refunded less a $50 processing fee. No refunds will be made after this date.

More Info

TDC :: Type Directors Club
127 West 25th Street 8th Floor
New York, NY  10001

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