Presentation details
Old Slavic alphabets and new fonts

Viktor Kharyk

Saturday 15 September | 11:30 – 12:00
Location: Dance Studio Room 225

Presentation | Theme: Cultures | Duration: 30 minutes

In recent years there has been a revival of the interest in Cyrillic and Glagolitic forms of the era before the orthographic and type design reforms of Peter the Great. The relevance of this issue is proven by the acceptance of the Unicode Standards for the Glagolitic alphabet in 2005, and for expanded Cyrillic in 2007.

The oldest of Slavic alphabets, the Glagolitic, has been in existence and use for more than 1000 years in Croatia. However it is not widely known.

The 1708-1710 reforms of Peter the Great drastically changed the development of the Cyrillic, and determined the look of its forms today.

The presentation includes an overview of both alphabets and their type forms. The Glagolitic: from the most ancient forms (triangular script and lapidary sans serif, cast type of incunabula, 14-16th century shorthand, type designers of all eras, original designs, also including modern graffiti).

The Cyrillic: the examples and analysis of the Cyrillic Antiqua, cast type of incunabula, Ukrainian shorthand, contemporary and original font design.

The presentation would be of great interest to the designers of fonts for Slavic alphabets.

Speaker details

Viktor Kharyk Font designer | Ukraine

Viktor Kharyk, graphic designer, was born (1957) and study (Design school, 1976 and Print University, 1982) in Kiev.

He creates and adapts Cyrillic, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Georgian, Armenian, Arabian, Devanagari and Glagolitic fonts.

Viktor is a 3 time winner at the international competition TypeArt (Moscow, 2001) and a 2 time winner at the international competition TypeArt (Moscow, 2005).

He has authored essays about theory and history of fonts and his works are licensed by MasterFont, Elsner+Flake, and ParaType.

Viktor is also the ATypI country delegate for Ukraine.

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