Contrast Foundry

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Contrast Foundry

Lawyer and accountant
Perfect curve expert
Maria studied in Moscow State University of Printing and later got a Master in Design at Type and Media course in Royal Academy of Arts (NL). Since 2013 she has been back to Russia, where she founded the studio. All her free time is devoted to finishing her typeface William (graduation project initially started in 2006), while also teaching typography, lettering and type design. When it comes to her fashion choice—it is all about Scandinavian simplicity. It is in her type design where she goes wild.
Business woman
Customer support expert
Katerina is a skilled multitasker. She studied Media and Communication, worked as an art-director in DesignDepot studio and [kAk), magazine about graphic design, taught part-time in British Higher School of Art and Design, all at the same time! In 2014 she moved to the Netherlands, fell in love, but still managed to complete her graduation project and get MA Type and Media (KABK). Katerina is the head of our Dutch office and getting married soon.
Little type nerd
Armenian script expert
Liza is a fan of slab serif typefaces and American wood type. She studied type design with Alexander Tarbeev in Moscow State University of Printing—the best place to learn about type and the Cyrillic script in Russia. Liza’s current dream is to learn more about programming in Python, so she is going to continue her education and will apply this year. Wish her good luck with that!
Just for contrast
Grids & guides expert
Nikita started at Contrast as a bartender. This made us immediately recognise that he has a kind of a personality that fits our team perfectly. Being not only interested in type but also in graphic design Nikita makes all the magic. In his hands our letters come to life and start moving around. Still a student of Alexander Tarbeev Nikita he is also going to apply for the PhD next year to devote himself to the research and drawing typefaces.

Granshan, Special mention for Sputnik typeface
Granshan, Special mention for Weber Slab typeface

Morisawa Competition, 2nd price for Chimera typeface
TDC Certificate of Excellence in Type Design for Chimera Typeface

New Cyrillic Competition Award for William typeface
D&AD, Credited tutor for a Best of Year entry

Granshan, 1st place in Cyrillic text typeface category for William typeface
Letter.2 Award, Best typefaces of the past 10 years for William typeface

Artel Troika (RU)
Ceremony Agency (RU)
Design Bureau Shuka (RU)
Gocream (RU)
Emigre (US)
Independent Media (RU)
FontLab (US)
Just Design (RU) (RU)
Russia Today (RU)
Russia One (RU)
Ramber&Co (RU)
The Art Newspaper (RU)
Tsentsiper (RU) (RU)
Typotheque (NL)
Work inspiration with Maria Doreuli /
Nine Type Designers to Watch / Print Magazine

Interview with Maria Doreuli /
Interview graphic & type designer Maria Doreuli /

Typefaces in branding, periodicals, packaging, signage, web and calligraphy / Project [kAk]

Young people 2011 / Akzia Newspaper

Font underground/ [kAk).ru

Column «New typefaces» / Publish Magazineu

2017.09 Typomania School Moscow, Russia
2017.08 Typeworks Bern, Switzerland
2017.07 Type Design Workshop Moscow, Russia
2017.05 Mobile design academy Nijni Novgorod, Russia
2017.04 ECAL Lausanne, Switzerland
2017.01 Shkola Saint-Petersburg, Russia
2016.07 Type Design Workshop Moscow, Russia
2016.05 Typofest Sofia, Bulgaria
2016.04 Lettering workshop Saint Petersburg, Russia
2016.04 Lettering workshop Moscow, Russia
2015.11 Lettering workshop Moscow, Russia
2015.07 Type Design Workshop Moscow, Russia
2014.06 Typofest Sofia, Bulgaria
2014.00 Art.Lebedev Studio Moscow, Russia
2013.11 Serebro Nabora Moscow, Russia
2013.09 ATypI Amsterdam, Netherlands
2012.00 Serebro Nabor Moscow, Russia
2011.00 International Book Fair Moscow, Russia
2016 Granshan winning typefaces Warsaw, Poland
2015 The three schools Moscow, Russia
2015 33 Moscow, Russia
2015 Moscow Assosiation of Artists Moscow, Russia
2014 Type Directors Club New York, US
2014 Layers Moscow, Russia
2014 Golden Bee Moscow, Russia
2014 12 Typefaces from all over the world Sofia, Bulgaria
2013 Type Masters Moscow, Russia
2013 Type Masters Brisbane, Australia
2013 Mastering Type, Mota Italic Berlin, Germany
2013 New Cyrillic Competition Moscow, Russia
2012 Letter.2 Hong Kong, China
2011 Granshan winning typefaces Germany
2011 Granshan winning typefaces Armenia
2010 Project Fabrika Moscow, Russia
2009 «Свято Кирилицi» Dublin, Ireland
2009 «Свято Кирилицi» Kharkiv, Ukraine