Viktor Kharyk

Typeface Designer

Born (1957) and study (Design school, 1976; Print University, 1982) in Kiev.
Specializes in Cyrillic, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Georgian, Armenian, Arabic, Devanagari, Glagolitic, Syrian and other multilingual fonts.
3 times winner at TypeArt’01, 2 times winner at TypeArt’05.
Diploma of “Modern Cyrillic’09” Moscow.
2nd place at “Rutenia’10” Kiev.
3rd place at Competition for Ukrainian business font family, Kiev’11.
3rd place for Greek at “Granshan’12”, Yerevan.
Author of essays, presentations and books about theory and history of fonts.
Fonts licensed by MasterFont, Elsner+Flake, ParaType, 2Dtypo, Google, Apostrof.
Lives in Duesseldorf.

At Prostir Liter 2019 he will talk about:

The evolution of Cyrillic has made it possible to distinguish national features and styles in it. Some noticeable steps in this direction initiated by Vasil Yonchev were made in Bulgaria in the 1950s-70s.
Over the past 20 years the process of search for specific national forms of Cyrillic has been intensified in Ukraine. In addition to the historical national traditions dating back to the 17th century, this process was influenced by the works of famous artists of the 20th century as well as Vasil Chebanyk's 21st century project "Ruthenia" that has been awarded with the Shevchenko Prize this year. The presentation is focused on the researches, achievements, criticism and further opportunities for the development of the national Cyrillic considering modern requirements.
Another possible challenge is the search for the font identity for the nations that changed Arabic script to Cyrillic or Latin one. The topic covers current practice and existing opportunities.



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